March Madness, Paintball, Jets, Vespers & Crew Classic

Hello San Diego Notre Dame Family:
March Madness is upon us, here’s hoping our Irish teams have great tournaments! Lots of great things happening on the Club front over the coming weeks – read on for details:

March Madness First Round Game Watch
Thursday, March 16th from 9:00am-5:00pm [Irish Tip-Off at 9:15am]
Little Italy’s Loading Dock located at 2400 Kettner Blvd #110, San Diego, CA 92101
Come join fellow ND fans at Little Italy’s Loading Dock to root on the Irish as they take on Princeton at 9:15 on Thursday morning and stay throughout the day for a March Madness watch party co-hsted with the UCLA alumni club of San Diego. There will be drinks and food available for purchase and a great atmosphere to watch games all day long!

Young Alumni Take on BC in Paintball
Saturday, March 25th from 11:00am-2:00pm [PLEASE ARRIVE 30 MIN EARLY at 10:30am]
The Paintball Park Camp Pendleton” located at 1700 Vandegrift Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92057
$30 per player for our 3 hour window
Please REGISTER & PAY BY MARCH 16th at our event page:
Join the Notre Dame Alumni SD Chapter and the BC Alumni SD Chapter for a friendly rivalry on the paintball field. Camp Pendleton offers “paintball lite,” intended for adult beginners and kids(ages 8 and up). Guns are smaller, lighter in weight, and paintballs are smaller. Reports are it has the same feel as regular but without the intensity . . . or bruises.

Details: NEW BASE ACCESS: **IMPORTANT** There are new base access procedures to come on to Camp Pendleton to play Paintball. Anyone with a driver’s license (driver or passenger) needs to add themselves to the Paintball Park Visitor’s List at least 7 days in advance of coming to the park. Each individual will need to bring their Driver’s License to show at the gate. Add yourself to the Visitor’s List here:

Directions: We are located right inside the back gate of Camp Pendleton and it’s super easy to find us. However since we are located on a military base if you try to use your GPS, or phone navigation sometimes it takes you to the wrong area on base, so it’s best to follow these directions

What to Wear: We recommend that players wear long sleeves, and long pants, as well as closed-toes shoes. Paintballs do wash out of clothing, however don’t wear your “Sunday Best” you will get dirty!

Other Information: Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your reservation time to allow for check-in process

Senior Alumni Luncheon, “Creating the Joint Strike Fighter”
Thursday, March 23rd, 1130 – Social gathering, 1200 – Lunch
Lomas Santa Fe Country Club (1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach)
Lunch Cost: $18.00 (Tip and Tax included)
Please RSVP to: Frank Whitton ’56 at 760-438-9400 (to ensure enough tables and lunch)
Speaker: Dr. Paul M. Bevilaqua ’67
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was developed to meet the multirole fighter requirements of the US Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and our allies. The Air Force variant is a supersonic, single engine stealth fighter. The Navy variant has a larger wing and more robust structure in order to operate from aircraft carriers, while the Marine Corps variant incorporates an innovative propulsion system that can be switched from a turbofan cycle to a turbo shaft cycle for vertical takeoff and landing. This propulsion system enabled the X-35 to become the first aircraft in history to fly at supersonic speeds, hover, and land vertically. The development team won the Collier Trophy, which recognizes “the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America” that year, for this accomplishment. This presentation will describe the technical and program challenges involved in developing the Joint Strike Fighter and show how an innovative idea became an international program with engineers from half a dozen countries developing a single replacement aircraft for multiple aircraft types.

Notre Dame’s Steven Warner – Prayer, Song, Stories of Ireland
Friday, March 24th 7:00pm
Saint Brigid Parish located at 4735 Cass St., San Diego, CA 92109
The Diocesan Director of Liturgy has invited San Diego ND Alumni to an event being organized at St. Brigid next week. “We are so blessed to have Steven Warner, Founder and Director Emeritus, Notre Dame Folk Choir and currently Associate Director, Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith and Reason, Dublin, Ireland joining us right here in San Diego for “Come Home”, Vespers and an evening of prayer, song, and stories from Ireland on Friday, March 24, 7:00pm at St. Brigid, 4735 Cass Street, San Diego, 92109″ See this flyer for more detail.

2017 Crew Classic
April 1&2
Crew Classic Website Link — Event held at Mission Bay, Crown Point Shores Park

The alumni out in San Diego are always extremely generous to the team when we travel out there for the Crew Classic. They provide us with great food at the course as well as multiple dinners throughout the weekend. Their generosity saves the team a substantial amount of money and trouble and we cannot thank them enough
– Matt DiDonato (current crew team member)

Each year the Men’s Rowing Club travels out to San Diego on their own dime (due to being a club sport) and competes with some of the best crew teams out there at the San Diego Crew Classic – this year April 1-2 – at Crown Point (Mission Bay). The ND Club of San Diego hosts a tent (to provide our visiting Irish Crew Teams with a place to rest, fuel up, and socialize with the local Irish family)at the regatta which yearly increases in price due to the popularity of the event. Also the local ND Club of San Diego supports the men with snacks throughout the day to replenish electrolytes and carbs, as well as lunch and dinner. Can you help the local club with your financial support to cover these costs? The men who travel out here are tremendously grateful for the support of our local alums and we hope to continue to offer them the excellent hospitality and support this year and beyond.

As the cost of providing this home-away from home has reached epic proportions, this year we’re asking for sponsorship help in funding the event. Here are some ideas for how you can help, but you’re welcome to “make your own sponsorship” as well.

  • “hydration sponsorship” – $50 [provide Gatorade/water for the team for the weekend]
  • “tent pole sponsorship” (10 poles available at $100 per pole)
  • “feed the crew” sponsorship for $200 [snacks for the two days, dinner for the team Saturday night, BBQ lunch for the team on Sunday]
  • “cover the tent” at $1120 [provide a shady place for the team to gather in between events]
  • “be part of the team” — any amount is appreciated!

Please let Karen (ND’02) know of any help you can offer:


Ken Stimeling ’90
Communications Director
The Notre Dame Club of San Diego

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