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    CAC’s 2016 “Men In Black” Spring Training Tour

    March 15, 2016, 8:42 am

    CAC President Ray McKenna (l) and Cubs priest chaplain Rev. Burke Masters (c) meet with Cubs manager Joe Maddon at the Cubs spring training facility in Mesa, Az.

    CAC President Ray McKenna (l) and Cubs priest chaplain Rev. Burke Masters (c) meet with Cubs manager Joe Maddon at the Cubs spring training facility in Mesa, Az.

    In preparation for the upcoming Major League Baseball season, CAC and several of its Catholic priest chaplains are visiting with players, coaches, and team personnel both in Arizona and Florida.

    In addition to celebrating Masses for the teams, CAC officials and the priests are visiting with players and team officials and preparing teams for the upcoming season’s Mass ministry.  In addition, CAC is introducing itself to each team’s new players and coaches.

    To view photographs from the 2016 “Men In Black” tour, click here.

     

    CAC Co-Hosts Super Bowl “Coats for Kids” Event in San Francisco

    February 2, 2016, 12:00 pm

    IMG_6590Leading up to Super Bowl L on Sunday, Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC), the Knights of Columbus, the Oakland Raiders, the Raiders Foundation, and the Jack Del Rio Foundation partnered on February 1 to distribute warm, new winter coats to needy children in San Francisco, Calif.  CAC, the Knights of Columbus, and the Jack Del Rio Foundation hosted a similar charity event in 2014 in Jersey City, N.J., just prior to Super Bowl XLVIII.

    Yesterday’s “Coats for Kids” event was held at Lady of the Visitacion School in San Francisco and coats were distributed to students, the vast majority of whom come from low-income households. The event featured several Oakland Raiders players and coaches as well as National Football League Hall of Famers Dave Casper (Oakland Raiders) and Anthony Munoz (Cincinnati Bengals).

    CAC President and Founder Ray McKenna, who attended the event, noted the importance of the “Coats for Kids” initiative.  “CAC extends it most sincere thanks to Jack and Linda Del Rio, the Knights of Columbus’ Bill Bordley, the Oakland Raiders, Dave Casper, Anthony Munoz, and everyone else who helped put big smiles on the faces of hundreds of kids and spread the good news in sports at the Super Bowl and beyond, in and through the world of sports.”

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    CAC Congratulates Mike Piazza on Election to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

    January 10, 2016, 12:27 pm

    Piazza HOFCatholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) congratulates Mike Piazza on his election to Baseball’s Hall of Fame on January 6.  Piazza will be inducted, along with Ken Griffey, Jr., on July 24 in Cooperstown, N.Y.  Toward the end of his career, as well as throughout his retirement from the game, Piazza has been active in promoting and advancing CAC’s activities, especially its Major League Baseball ministry.

    CAC’s President and Founder Ray McKenna said, “On behalf of everyone associated with Catholic Athletes for Christ, I send sincere and heartfelt congratulations to Mike upon his election to the Hall of Fame.  This honor is well-deserved as Mike is undoubtedly the greatest hitting catcher of all time.  Beyond his many baseball achievements, he is true representative of CAC and the Catholic church.  Mike is a very active CAC Board Member and his maturity of faith, hard work, and the grace of God have brought him to milestone achievement.”

    CAC Honors MLB’s Craig Stammen and Local HS and College Cathletes at Courage Awards Event, December 13

    December 6, 2015, 12:28 pm

    CAC_Stammen_01On Sunday evening December 13, Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) will be hosting its fifth annual Courage Awards reception to recognize major league baseball’s Craig Stammen for his distinguished athletic achievement and also for boldly sharing the Catholic faith. The event also honors high school and college senior student-athletes in the Arlington (Va.) Diocese.

    The event will take place at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., beginning at 5:30 p.m. (click here for flyer). Tickets may also be purchased in advance (see below).

    Stammen, a relief pitcher formerly with the Washington Nationals, is being honored for leading the Nationals Catholic ministry since his arrival to the team in 2009 and also serving the local Catholic community throughout his time in Washington, but especially in 2015 by speaking regularly to Catholic students at Arlington Diocese elementary and high schools.  In addition, Craig was instrumental in the success of CAC’s Catholic Baseball Camp held at Paul VI High School on July 24.  Craig suffered a season-ending injury in 2015 and used this opportunity to advance his evangelization efforts.

     

     

     

     

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    CAC’s Linda Del Rio Featured on NFL.com’s Wife Spotlight

    September 9, 2015, 6:34 pm

    CAC’s Board Member and NFL Outreach Coordinator Linda Del Rio was recently featured on NFL.com’s “NFL Wife Spotlight”.  Click here to read Linda’s story and learn about the great service work that she is performing to assist the less fortunate.

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    CAC Featured on Iowa Catholic Radio to Discuss CAC’s Mission and New Book on Catholic Athletes

    September 4, 2015, 9:22 pm

    CAC’s President and Founder Ray McKenna was interviewed by Iowa Catholic Radio on September 4 to discuss CAC’s mission and Trent Beattie’s new book, Fit for Heaven, which highlights Catholic athletes and how they integrate their sporting lives with their deeply held Catholic beliefs.

    To listen to the interview, click here.

    CAC MLB Athletes Welcome Pope Francis to the U.S.

    August 27, 2015, 11:12 am

    CLICK HERE to read an article in the new issue of “Inside the Vatican” magazine, where three of CAC’s Major League Baseball (MLB) players — Mike Piazza, Craig Stammen, and Mike Sweeney — welcome Pope Francis on his upcoming visit to the United States and share their collective message of being “Athletes for Christ”.

     

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    CAC’s Mike Sweeney Inducted into Royals HOF

    August 16, 2015, 2:06 pm

    Congratulations to CAC’s Mike Sweeney on his induction into the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame on August 15, 2015.  Click here to watch video of Mike induction ceremony.

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    CAC Catholic Baseball Camp Photos and Media Coverage

    August 1, 2015, 9:15 pm

    For photographs from the July 24 CAC Catholic Baseball Camp, click here.

    The camp was also covered by the Arlington Catholic Herald newspaper.  Click here to read the article recapping the camp.

    CAC Summer 2015 E-Newsletter Now Available!

    July 28, 2015, 7:29 am

    Click here to read the new Summer 2015 issue of the CAC e-newsletter “Cathlete News”!

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