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Brian Kelly donates to tornado relief

May 17, 2011|by Pete Byrne (pmbyrne@wsbt.com)
  • Brian Kelly presents a check for $5000 from the Kelly Cares Foundation for the tornado relief effort in northern Alabama.
Brian Kelly presents a check for $5000 from the Kelly Cares Foundation for the tornado relief effort in northern Alabama.

HUNTSVILLE, AL - Citing a spirit of service, that exemplifies what he feels Notre Dame is all about, head football coach Brian Kelly made a $5,000 donation to the Notre Dame Club of northern Alabama Tuesday, to benefit tornado relief efforts.

“It’s about service. It’s about community,” Kelly said. “What has happened here and everybody rallying together and looking out for each other is what Notre Dame is all about.”

Kelly also took time to survey the damage of the recent tornado disaster.  

“(I was) astonished there wasn’t catastrophic loss of life,” he said. “Certainly there was an incredible tragedy and the loss of life can never be minimized, but just looking at the sheer devastation in this area, I was shocked that the loss of life was held to a number that was a lot lower than I would have thought.”

Kelly also discussed the future of his football program, hinting that he'd love to see Alabama in a BCS game, and also admitting that Notre Dame needs to beat an SEC program to gain national respect.

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