Sixteen Notre Dame football players signed autographs and met community members as part of a fundraiser Thursday for Prevent Child Abuse St. Joseph County.
The meet-and-greet was part of a four-day event called Roofsit, which is in its 20th year. It’s the brainchild of two U93 DJs who wanted to help abuse victims. This year, their on-air marathon and fundraiser is happening at Martin’s Super Market in Granger.
Players who participated were: QBs DeShone Kizer (#14), Montgomery VanGorder (#4) and Brandon Wimbush (#7); TE Nic Weishar (#82); P Tyler Newsome (#85); K John Chereson (#43); CB Jalen Elliott (#21) and Troy Pride Jr. (#18); S Drue Tranquill (#23); RBs Austin Ross (#28), Bailey Ross (#49) and Josh Anderson (#46); LB James Onwualu (#17), LS Scott Daly (#61); DE Isaac Rochell (#90, but not wearing a jersey). I’m not sure who #41 is,
but it looks like WR Buster Sheridan. (It’s walk-on linebacker Jimmy Thompson, according to BGI’s Lou Somogyi.)
To my knowledge, this is Pride’s first reveal of his jersey number. Pride said in a May 19 interview with Blue & Gold Illustrated that he has a fondness for the number 17, which he first wore during Little League. The South Carolina speedster wore #5 in high school, but said he didn’t care what number he was assigned. “I could be a number 63, and I’ll go out there and be a lockdown 63,” he told the publication.
Today is the final day of the Roofsit fundraiser. You can donate in one of four ways:
- Visit Martin’s Super Market, 7355 Heritage Square, Granger.
- Visit the online donation page.
- Call the fundraising hotline: 1-800-853-KIDS (5437)
- Write a check, payable to Roofsit, and send it to P.O. Box 6535, South Bend, IN 46660
In its two decade history, Roofsit has raised more than $2 million funds. Last year’s grantees were agencies that assist survivors of abuse and educate the public about child violence. They included: CAPS of Elkhart County, CASA of St. Joseph County, The Center for the Homeless, Dunebrook, Kidspeace, St. Margaret’s House, Hannah’s House, The CASIE Center and Healthy Families of St Joseph County, among others.