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    St. John Bosco Remains No. 1 in Latest CAC Catholic High School Football Top 25

    September 19, 2018, 9:00 am

    St. John Bosco of Bellflower, Calif., remains the No. 1 team in CAC’s Catholic High School Football Top 25, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football. The Braves made quick work of their latest assignment, beating Chaminade (West Hills), 56-20.  RB George Holani rushed for two TDs in the opening half. The Braves head into their bye week before starting the Trinity League schedule and play No. 15 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) on Sept. 28.

    This week’s Top 10 teams in the ranking are:

    1. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (5-0)
    2. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (3-1)
    3. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (4-0)
    4. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (3-0)
    5. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore (1-0)
    6. Archbishop Hoban, Akron, Ohio (4-0)
    7. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (5-0)
    8. Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. (4-0)
    9. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (2-0)
    10. Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (4-0)

    For more information on this week’s CAC Catholic High School Football Top 25 and each team, click here.

     

    Kicking it for Christ – MLS DC United’s Taylor Kemp joins CAC!

    September 17, 2018, 2:21 pm

    Major League Soccer’s DC United soccer star Taylor Kemp, a new addition to CAC’s lineup, recently spoke to Bishop O’Connell High School athletes in Arlington, Va., at their annual sports retreat led by Athletic Director Joe Wootten and Chaplain Father Gregory Thompson.

    Kemp shared on-the-field stories from his collegiate, professional  and national team experiences and also the the story of his recent conversion to Catholicism.  Kemp poignantly explained to the interested athletes how he had reached every athletic goal he had set and still felt incredibly empty and unfulfilled.  It was then, in a tearful moment, he felt the call to Christ and His church.  Taylor entered the Church three year ago and jumped in with both feet.  He is completing a graduate degree in theology from the Augustine Institute and feels a strong mandate to evangelize.  CAC is excited to have Taylor join our team!

    Read more about his story in the National Catholic Register article by Trent Beattie (www.ncregister.com/daily-news/d.c.-united-defender-too-blessed-to-be-stressed) and watch Taylor’s conversion story below.

    Are You Ready for Some Football?

    September 5, 2018, 1:06 pm

    With this week’s start of the 2018 National Football League (NFL) season, Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) begins its tenth year of working with the NFL.  CAC works with its roster of Catholic priest-chaplains in all 32 NFL cities to ensure that Catholic players, coaches, trainers, and front office executives have access to the sacraments throughout the season. In addition, CAC each spring provides Catholic Mass, confessions, and a group dinner for coaches, scouts, and team officials at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Please pray for CAC’s NFL Catholic priest-chaplains for their sacramental work during the upcoming season!

    Rev. Richard Rocha, KC Chiefs Catholic priest-chaplain, alongside Chiefs center Mitch Morse during 2018 training camp

    CAC NFL Catholic priest-chaplains at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    NFL Catholic Fun Fact:  The Green Bay Packers held their summer training camp at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., for 61 years, the longest such relationship between a pro football team and a college in the NFL.  Russ Bogda (then-president of the Packers) and Lisle Blackbourn (then-head coach) first approached St. Norbert College in the spring of 1957. At the time, the Packers were headquartering at UW-Stevens Point. In the summer of 1958, Coach Scooter McLean and his staff brought the Packers to the St. Norbert campus’ Frank J. Sensenbrenner Residence Hall, to various classrooms for training sessions, and to the dining facilities on the river bank. Over the 58 years, the string of successive summers at St. Norbert College has NEVER been broken. In 1959, newly appointed head Coach Vincent Lombardi confirmed the summer camp location and formed a friendship with father Dennis Burke, O. Praem. Succeeding coaches and Packer Presidents over the years have found the facilities to their liking.

    CAC, Global Football Release 2018 Preseason Catholic High School Football Top 25

    August 18, 2018, 5:12 pm

    Catholic Athletes for Christ, in conjunction with Global Football and Siena Heights University, have released its 2018 preseason Top 25 Catholic High School Football Pool.

    The CAC Top 25 rankings will return on September 5 and then on Wednesdays throughout the regular season until the conclusion of the postseason in December. In January, the CAC 25 Top 25 National Champion will be announced.  In 2017, Mater Dei High School Monarchs (Santa Ana, Calif.) won the first CAC Catholic High School National Championship.

    For more information, visit www.globalfootball.com/cac-top-25.

     

    Bishops Celebrate CAC MLB Masses in Minneapolis and Washington

    June 30, 2018, 9:40 pm

    Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Va., both celebrated CAC MLB Masses on June 24.

    Archbishop Hebda celebrated Mass at Target Field prior to the Twins-Rangers game, while Bishop Burbidge celebrated Mass at Nationals Park prior to the Nationals-Phillies game. Bishop Burbidge has long served on CAC’s Episcopal Board.

    CAC coordinates Catholic Masses at 28 of the 30 MLB stadiums on homestand weekends.  In 2017, CAC was responsible for coordinating 330 Masses across the league for players, coaches, trainers, broadcasters, front office personnel, and stadium workers.

    Archbishop Bernard Hebda (center) of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis celebrated the Twins Mass at Target Field on June 24 prior to the Twins-Rangers game. Archbishop Hebda is pictured with Jeff Reardon (left), Twins Director of Security, and Father Michael Tix, Twins Priest-Chaplain, following the Mass.

     

    Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington, Va., celebrates Mass on June 24 at Nationals Park prior to the Nationals-Phillies game. Bishop Burbidge has long served on CAC’s Episcopal Board.

     

    CAC Philadelphia Region Event Honors 22 High School Student-Athletes

    May 31, 2018, 10:30 pm

    On May 17, Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) launched its new Philadelphia regional program with an event at Citizens Bank Park.  At the event, CAC honored 22 student-athletes from the Catholic high schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese with its Courage Award for their leadership in sports and as models of faith.

    Click here for a recap of the event featured on CatholicPhilly.com.

     

     

    CAC’s Philadelphia Kick-Off Event, May 17 at Citizens Bank Park!

    April 13, 2018, 11:27 pm

    Come join us for CAC’s official Philadelphia kick-off event at Citizens Bank Park’s Diamond Club on Thursday, May 17 from 6-9 p.m.

    Event Highlights

    • CAC will recognize local high school athletes with its Courage Award, which recognizes student-athletes who are leaders not only on the playing field, but as evangelizers and models of faith
    • Former Eagles General Manager Jim Murray will emcee the festivities
    • Former Eagles Wide Receiver Jason Avant will be in attendance
    • Member of the 2016 Villanova championship team, Kevin Rafferty, will be in attendance
    • Private tour of Citizens Bank Park
    • Meet and greet with the Phillie Phanatic
    • A silent auction featuring autographed sports items
    • Special additional guests, including former professional baseball pitcher, Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion, Dwight Gooden!

    *This is a family-friendly event. Please join us!

    Sponsorship Packages

    Platinum Sponsor – $50,000

    • VIP Area for 20 guests at the event
    • Private meet and greet for 20 guests with “special guest” sports athlete
    • Private tour of Citizens Bank Park
    • Name/logo recognition on Save the Date and Invitation
    • Name/logo recognition on all electronic event communications
    • Name/logo recognition on cover of program booklet
    • Full-page, full-color ad in program booklet
    • Name/logo recognition on website
    • Name/logo recognition on signage at the entrance of event
    • Special recognition by emcee during the event
    • Opportunity to address the crowd during opening remarks

    Gold Sponsor – $25,000

    • VIP Area for 10 guests at the event
    • Private tour of Citizens Bank Park
    • Name/logo recognition on Save the Date and Invitation
    • Name/logo recognition on all electronic event communications
    • Name/logo recognition on cover of program booklet
    • Full-page, full-color ad in program booklet
    • Name/logo recognition on website
    • Special recognition by emcee during the event

    Silver Sponsor – $10,000

    • Event tickets for 15 guests
    • Name/logo recognition on Invitation
    • Name/logo recognition on all electronic event communications
    • Full page ad in program booklet
    • Name/logo recognition on website
    • Special recognition by emcee during the event

    Bronze Sponsor – $5,000

    • Event tickets for 10 guests
    • Name/logo recognition on all electronic event communications
    • Half page ad in program booklet
    • Name/logo recognition on website
    • Special recognition by emcee during the event

    Program Booklet Advertising Opportunities:

    • Full page ad – $1,000
    • Half page ad – $500
    • Quarter Page ad – $250

    General Admission – $50.00

    Admission to the cocktail reception, a tour of Citizens Bank Park, and a meet and greet with a “special guest” sports athlete and the Phillie Phanatic!

    To purchase a sponsorship or a general admission ticket, please click here.

    To learn more about advertising opportunities for this event, please click here.

    Santa Ana’s Monarchs are the Inaugural Winners of the CAC Top 25

    January 27, 2018, 4:30 pm

    MATER DEI TOPS FINAL NATIONAL RANKING OF CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS

    Santa Ana’s Monarchs are the Inaugural Winners of the Catholic Athletes For Christ Top 25,
    Presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football

    Occasionally teams will tap destiny on the shoulder and this time  did so in emphatic fashion.

    Congratulations to the No. 1 Mater Dei High School Monarchs (Santa Ana, Calif.) – the Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 High School Football 2017 National Champions presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football.  Coach Bruce Rollinson’s team rolled through one of the nation’s toughest schedules and capped the season with a CIF Open Division state championship.  The Monarchs went a perfect 15-0 and left no doubt they were the nation’s top football team in 2017.

    For more information, visit www.globalfootball.com/cac-top-25/

    CAC’s Vin Scully Rosary CD Featured in National Catholic Register

    December 4, 2017, 10:42 am

    Catholic Athletes for Christ’s (CAC) Vin Scully Rosary CD was featured in a full-length article in the latest issue of the National Catholic Register.  Click here to read the article.
    In September 2016, CAC, in collaboration with Immaculate Heart Radio, released a two-CD audio recording of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary narrated by legendary hall of fame sportscaster Vin Scully.
    Scully is best known for his work as the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has been with the team since its days in Brooklyn and in 2016, Scully completed his 67th and final season with the Dodgers – the longest time any broadcaster has been with a single team in professional sports history.
    The two-CD recording includes meditations and prayers for all four mysteries (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous) as well as a rosary meditation based on St. John Paul II’s 2002 Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae.
    This recording is available as a two-CD set from CAC (see link to purchase below)for $15.00 + $3.50 s/h. It is also available for digital download on Apple iTunes, Amazon Music, and other major digital distribution sites (pricing determined by vendors). All proceeds from the sale of this recording support CAC operations, including the expansion of its Cathletes middle and high school chapter program.
    “The world’s greatest prayer for peace led by the world’s greatest voice. The greatest Double Play ever!” — Mike Sweeney, Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame and Five-Time MLB All-Star

    CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A 2-CD SET

    Click Here to Purchase Download on CDBaby ($12.99 – cheapest download price!)

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    MLB Great Trevor Hoffman Meets With Pope Francis in Rome

    October 23, 2017, 12:42 pm

    Pope Francis, who is charged with saving the souls of more than 1 billion Catholics, had the chance to meet a fellow Catholic who is also in the “salvation business.”  CAC’s good friend Trevor Hoffman and wife Tracy met with the Pope Francis in Rome last week.  Hoffman, who is a devout Catholic and one of the greatest MLB relief pitchers of all time, was honored and touched with great emotion to meet the Holy Father.   Hoffman, who recorded 601 saves during his 18-year MLB career​​ and is considered a likely candidate for induction into the MLB Hall of Fame next summer, was thrilled to be in such close proximity to Pope Francis.  Trevor provided the Pope with a San Diego Padres jersey with the Holy Father’s name on the back.

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