Dear Friends,

I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Tracy and Kerie Graham for their recent leadership gift to the University of Notre Dame. Their gift will be used to construct Graham Family Hall, a new men’s residence hall on the northeast side of campus.

Tracy’s journey from the tough streets of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood to becoming a successful entrepreneur is nothing short of incredible, and it’s a testament to the power of belief, hard work, and the impact a small investment can make. When Tracy was a teenager, his mom gave him $20. This $20 changed his life. He used it to take an entrance exam to St. Rita High School which then brought him on a path to playing as a cornerback at Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, people continued to make small investments in him. Coach Lou Holtz instilled in Tracy a bright future beyond football. Tracy surrounded himself with teammates who supported and believed in him. These small acts of kindness and belief helped Tracy overcome tremendous odds, eventually leading him to create Graham Allen Partners, a thriving private equity firm.

Tracy’s story illustrates why it’s so important to be kind and supportive to those around us. You never know how a small gesture or a bit of encouragement can change someone’s life forever. Just as Tracy’s mom’s $20 investment set him on a path to success and allowed him to give back to his community years later, your contributions to those around you can make a profound difference.

It is on this note I want to thank my fellow teammates and brothers for being a force for good around the country. The men of Holtz’s Heroes have consistently shown up when called, whether it be supporting future players at the Joe Moore Football Camp, participating in the Irish Legends Golf Tournament, initiating food drives, or attending an event at our nation’s capital. Through your examples, you are raising a new generation of leaders.

Stay amazing and keep lifting others up wherever you go.

Love, Trust, Commitment

Reggie Brooks
Executive Director

Holtz’s Heroes in DC

Holtz’s Heroes Foundation extends our heartfelt appreciation to Mr. Stephen Brogan and his team at Jones Day. We are grateful for the incredible Jones Day team in bringing together teammates, friends, and supporters of Holtz’s Heroes Foundation. We cherished our time raising awareness to support our communities, country, students, and fellow teammates. The evening was filled with laughter, stories, lessons learned, and gratitude.

God. Country. Notre Dame

Food Drive

Thank you Bethlehem Catholic High School and Lehigh Valley for honoring Coach Holtz’s legacy through showing others we care by hosting a food drive.

Irish Legends 2024

Irish Legends 2024 at Woodstone Country Club and Lodge in Danielsville, PA was a great success in raising funds to support Holtz’s Heroes Foundation and the Bethlehem Catholic General Scholarship Fund.

Holtz’s Heroes Foundation Mission

Holtz’s Heroes Foundation, Inc. is not a political organization. Holtz’s Heroes Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and extending the legacy of Love, Trust, and Commitment exemplified by Coach Lou Holtz and his players, coaches, and staff.

Holtz’s Heroes Foundation, Inc.

  • Supports former student-athletes facing financial, physical, or mental hardships
  • Provides scholarship aid to deserving youth
  • Serves communities in need through charitable works

Holtz’s Heroes Foundation is not affiliated with the University of Notre Dame’s development office.

Reunion 2024

Holtz’s Heroes Reunion Brunch will be on Saturday, September 28, 2024 at the Embassy Suites Ballroom from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. More details to follow.

A room block has been reserved at Aloft – Downtown South Bend for $299/night.

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