NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The countdown is on for almost 200 boxers. The 2012 Notre Dame Bengal Bouts is now less than a month away from preliminaries, which means for the students involved, it’s time to get to work.
On Tuesday students put down their backpacks and picked up the intensity for the first group practice of the spring semester.
This year’s tournament is the 82nd annual boxing match that Knute Rockne started and it’s not your typical fight.
The money raised from the event goes to the Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh.
Last year the bouts raised about $140,000 for the mission and this year the goal is to top that.
Some of the boxers have even witnessed firsthand how the money is helping in Bangladesh.
Fourth-year boxer and Notre Dame senior Kevin Ortenzio traveled with three others to Bangladesh last May. While there they helped teach kids how to write letters in English.
“This is a special unique thing that you want to be a part of not only because of the competition side which is why I first got involved, but also because of the mission aspect and helping people across the world,” said Ortenzio.
You can catch the match-ups for yourself. The schedule is as followed.
Preliminaries: Sunday, February 12th, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
Quarterfinals: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Semifinals: Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Finals: Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.