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Victory March

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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly during a game against the BYU Cougars at Notre Dame Stadium on October 20, 2012, and, at right, as pictured in the July 10, 1987, issue of The Totem, published by Camp Mah-Kee-Nac(Photoillustration Tablet Magazine, original photos Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images and The Totem)

Today on Tablet, Ben Z. Cohen reports on Jedd Fisch, the offensive coordinator for the University of Miami Hurricanes, whose camp counselor was once Brian Kelly, the head coach of Notre Dame.

This week, a few days before Notre Dame’s biggest game of the season on Saturday against the University of Oklahoma, Kelly answered questions about his long-ago summer at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac. “As a guy from the East Coast in Boston, Mass., camping out wasn’t one of the things that I did regularly,” he said. “But the beauty of the Berkshires, the quality of the kids that I got a chance to interact with at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, was a great, great experience.”

One of Kelly’s kids that summer was Fisch, a camper in Bunk 21, whose father and brother went to Mah-Kee-Nac, as well. Fisch spent nine years at camp, including a stint as a counselor. “If I had boys, my boys would go there,” Fisch said this week. “People don’t recognize the relationships you can build at camp and how much camp means to people.”

It’s a pretty incredible story. Check it out here.

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