JD is a linebacker for Notre Dame and has served as a Notre Dame Chapter leader since 2019. He is an integral part of the program and its mission to inspire hope in people impacted by rare diseases. His contributions have directly elevated the connection between other Notre Dame athletes and people impacted by rare diseases in the South Bend area. After global pandemic restrictions were lifted, JD was instrumental in making sure his chapter’s Bowling Event continued to grow with more attendees in 2022 than ever before. He was also the driving force behind the first ever Game Day Uplifting Experience which allowed local rare disease families an opportunity to attend an at-home Notre Dame football game. JD continues to use his platform as an active Division 1 athlete and team captain to raise awareness at the national level for the rare disease community.