We recently caught up with the Legion on Twitter, and quickly jumped at the chance to interview the Lead Lep Legionnaire, Tyler. It’s a great student organization with a great mission, so check them out! And thanks Tyler for taking the time! GO IRISH!
1. How many leprechauns make up the Leprechaun Legion?
While it would appear the legion is made up of only a single Leprechaun, there are in fact 9,992 of us this year (the total enrollment of both undergraduate and graduate students). Technically, every single student is a member of the Legion, there is no formal sign-up or enrollment. And actually, if you include the St. Mary’s and Holy Cross College students that come out and support too, we have even more Leprechauns.
2. When was the group founded and what was the impetus/catalyst?
Actually, this year is the 10 year anniversary of the Legion. It was Basketball Coach Mike Brey’s original idea to name the student section for the basketball games — to give the 6th man an official name and encourage everyone to get a bit rowdier. When it was first started, we had fantastic basketball turnouts, which we are trying to get back to. The students really embraced the name though.
3. What is the goal of the organization?
There are two main goals of the Leprechaun Legion. The first is to optimize the fan experience for all sports to make them more enjoyable, and more intimidating for opposing teams and their fans. The most notable example we have of this is the music that was added to the football stadium this season. We also are now creating more giveaways than ever at the games
The second goal that we have is getting as many students at sporting events as possible. The only real “gimme” we have is football — of course all of the students go to those games, but outside of that, attendance is a huge wildcard. Notre Dame has fantastic teams in almost every sport, so we really need to get student support up. (Homework is not an excuse!)
4. How can fans support the mission?
In short, attend as many sporting events as possible, support your fellow students! Talk about the teams, write about them to the Observer, discuss sports on the Leprechaun Legion Facebook page, basically do as much as you can to make the sports a social necessity, or can’t-miss events. Occasionally the Legion will also send out e-mails looking for volunteers to help with events such as helping with giveaways, scorekeeping at golf tournaments, things of that nature. We also send out a campus-wide e-mail in the spring looking for people to be on the Leprechaun Legion Advisory Board for the following school year. If you want a less hands-on way to contribute though, just write to The Observer about the Legion, write on our Facebook fan page, or Tweet to us @LepLegion with any suggestions you may have on how to get the students out or how to improve the game atmosphere.
5. What sports/groups does the Legion support?
The Leprechaun Legion supports ALL University of Notre Dame sports and athletic teams. We began 10 years ago just focusing on basketball, but that is no longer the case. However, we often battle against the perception that we still only deal with just basketball, mainly because the shirt that season basketball ticket holders get says Leprechaun Legion on the front. However, we have non-basketball Legion shirts that will be coming out very soon. Hopefully everyone will associate us with every sport in the near future.
6. What are the key fighting tactics of a legion of leprechauns?
You know, we aren’t very big, so we tend to have a much bigger bark than bite. However, when we get those fists up, combined with our sweet beards, we are pretty intimidating, particularly with the whole Legion out there. So we tend to scare people off — they don’t really want a piece of us.
7. Where can fans learn more about/contact all of you feisty miniature green people?
Social Media is going to be a huge tool for the Legion moving forward, so the easiest way to get in touch with us would be to become a fan of the Leprechaun Legion page on Facebook, or follow us @LepLegion on Twitter. We are constantly updating both with Notre Dame news, sports scores, articles from around the Web, promotional information, and some good humor as well. But we are also very receptive to any suggestions, questions, or comments sent in to both of those pages. However, if there are any real lengthy suggestions, questions, or concerns, you can also contact Tyler Moorehead at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be glad to discuss anything.
8. Is there really a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
I think this picture says it all.
9. Anything else we should know?
One last thing I would like to highlight is while the Leprechaun Legion does work with the Athletic Department for funding, we are not beholden to athletic department influence or approval on most issues. We are the voice of the students, and we approach the athletic department with suggestions that we get from the student body, as opposed to feeding the student body changes that they may or may not want.