MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Rivals while their teams are in town for the BCS Championship game, alumni and fans of Notre Dame and the University of Alabama came together with members of the community on Sunday to help build a community garden in Overtown.

The project was spearheaded by Roots in the City, a Miami-based organization which promotes community development and beautification in inner-city areas.

“This project will allow us to continue our long tradition of service in locations around the country – and around the world – as we’ve traveled with the Notre Dame football team and fans for bowl and home-away-from-home games through the years,” said Dolly Duffy, executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association.

Working side by side, Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide fans transformed a city lot into rows of raised garden beds and began the planting process. The fruits of their labors will benefit the city’s low-income neighborhoods and homeless population.