No matter how you look at it, the term "Fighting Irish" goes beyond the realm of athletics, but make no mistake about it, sports are a huge part of life at Notre Dame. Whether it's on the playing field or in the stands, Notre Dame students love a good fight. Sports are a part of the Notre Dame tradition. Most students play sports, have played sports, love sports, or are learning to love them here. Whether varsity or intramural, students flock to watch and participate in Notre Dame athletics. With varsity sports ranging from water polo to football, and IM sports including figure skating and basketball, there's certainly much more to do here than study.
If Notre Dame wasn't a Catholic university, it would be religiously affiliated with sports. Notre Dame is the epitome of the college athletic tradition. Students here do not sit during football or basketball games. They bathe themselves in Kelly green paint, spell out IRISH on bared bodies, and will spend four hours standing in the snow to watch the Fighting Irish play. And believe me, they'll play anything. From inter-hall football to horseshoes, there's a sport for anyone willing to participate. The spirit, determination, student participation, and the expansive program vaults Notre Dame's athletics into a champion's spot.