The fifth annual Bemis Bowl returns this Thanksgiving with men and women expected to compete in the friendly football tournament. Proceeds support the Scot A. Bemis fund, which is housed with the Catholic Community Foundation.

It’s named after Scot Bemis one of Notre Dame Preparatory’s first teachers and coaches — including football, both American and traditional — who died of lung cancer in 2012. The fund furthers his legacy and the efforts of Team Bemis by supporting the search for a cure for lung cancer and providing scholarships for students.

Support has been overwhelming. A recent Facebook post from Team Bemis reads:

Last year was such a success that this year we need two days to Get After It!

“Get After It!” was Coach Bemis’ catchphrase.

Bemis Bowl schedule:

More of a fan than a player? Recruit yourself as a volunteer.


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