Connect with us

Football

FD ALUM HELPS IRISH FOOTBALL, LACROSSE TEAMS

Sports management part of the college experience

By Patrick Lujan

College life is supposed to be some of the most memorable times in our lives. For 2019 Father Duenas alum Junya Kanemitsu, his journey toward a finance degree at the University of Notre Dame took him through the fields of football and lacrosse at South Bend as a sports manager.

As a team manager, Junya Kanemitsu received a national championship ring with the Notre Dame lacrosse team in 2023,

Coming in as a freshman in the fall of 2019, Kanemitsu was a sports fan that wanted to get involved beyond attending games and cheering on the Irish.

“I’ve been playing sports all throughout my years from judo, soccer, track, and volleyball but I knew I wouldn’t be able to be a player at Notre Dame and remembered how the managers and support staffs were very helpful when I was a player and wanted to provide the same support that I had been shown.”

He jumped on to the football team his first two years on campus

“I helped with the football team mainly setting up the fields, acting as opposing players (standing in positions wide receivers would be), catching football snaps from centers for their practice, etc.”

After spending his junior year abroad, he returned to ND to help manage the lacrosse team, where he was part of the 2023 national championship squad.

“I helped with the lacrosse team for my last year. Set up field, run shot clock, look at practice plan given by coach and keep track of time, set up locker room, film practice.”

Kanemitsu knew nothing about the sport of lacrosse, but came to learn, know and love it. Something he says he’d some day like to introduce the sport to Guam.

Monogram Club

The former Tamuning resident was recently inducted into the Notre Dame Monogram Club, a group comprised of student athletes and staff that was part of the athletics programs for three or more years.

One year removed from college, Kanemitsu remembers some of the best times of being a sports manager with the Fightin’ Irish.

“Hanging out with the players was definitely the most fun. They all respected us and really made us feel like we were a part of the team. For example we had a trivia night with the men’s and women’s lacrosse players and they placed us in their teams.”

Kanemitsu is now in Chicago working at the United Airlines headquarters as a financial analyst.

PHOTO GALLERY BROUGHT TO BY:

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

May

June 2024

July
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
Events for May

1st

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Events for June

2nd

Events for June

3rd

Events for June

3rd

No Events
Events for June

4th

No Events
Events for June

5th

No Events
Events for June

6th

No Events
Events for June

8th

9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Events for June

9th

Events for June

9th

No Events
Events for June

10th

No Events
Events for June

11th

No Events
Events for June

12th

No Events
Events for June

13th

No Events
Events for June

15th

16
17
18
19
20
21
22
Events for June

16th

Events for June

17th

Events for June

18th

Events for June

19th

Events for June

20th

Events for June

21st

Events for June

22nd

23
24
25
26
27
28
29
Events for June

23rd

Events for June

24th

Events for June

24th

No Events
Events for June

25th

No Events
Events for June

26th

No Events
Events for June

27th

No Events
Events for June

29th

30
1
2
3
4
5
6
Events for June

30th

COMING SOON …

10th Micronesian Games from Marjuro June 15-24

Guam National Bodybuilding Championship June 29

QUICK HITS

Congratulations to the 2024 Guam Rugby Cup Champions: Tao Tao Mana (Men’s Cup Champions) and Southern Rugby Club (Women’s Cup Champions)
—————————————–
Three graduating ruggers have signed Division I letters to play college rugby stateside.
Saige Calvo from Okkodo heads to Mount St. Mary’s
Mia Topasna from Academy heads to Lindenwood
Tanner Costa from FD heads to Iowa Central

More in Football