Sports Faith International
VIDEO FROM 2014 Sports Faith Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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Patrick McCaskey: 847.739.5361
Angela Tomlinson: 847. 331.6994               



February 12, 2014-LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Sports Faith International announced the induction of twelve outstanding athletes and people of faith into the 2014 Sports Faith Hall of Fame: Golden Gloves Title and two time state champion boxer, Martin McGarry of the  McGarry Boxing Club,  NFL Super Bowl Champion, two time All Pro, Baltimore Raven,  Matt Birk, Blessed Pope John Paul II, known as "The Athlete Pope", Three time World Series Champion, Stan "The Man" Musial,  Pro Football Hall of Fame and legendary motivator, Vince Lombardi, National and International Medalist Walter "Red" Bainbridge.  Former University of Eastern Michigan Football player- Fr. Michael Lightner will receive the Fr. Smyth award.  Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki,  2013 Sports Faith Hall of Fame Inductee also known as the Holy Goalie will accept the award on behalf of Blessed Pope John Paul II and  John Lombardi, will accept the award on behalf of his grandfather, Vince Lombardi.  University of Notre Dame Quarterback, Tommy Rees , and Harper College Monica Hinderer will be inducted into the Sports Faith College Hall of Fame.

All Star Catholic High School Inductees are:  
The Washington High School Varsity Football Team of Washington, IL and The Sacred Heart Griffin Varsity Football Team of Springfield, IL as Teams of the Year for their exemplary service in the area of disaster relief.   Coach Michael Hennessy, Varsity Football Coach of Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois will be inducted as Coach of the Year. 

The Induction festivities will be held on  Sunday, February 23, 2014.  A VIP Meet and Greet  Reception, will be held at the Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest from 11:30 pm-12:15 pm,  followed by the Luncheon and Induction Ceremony which will conclude at 2:30 p.m.  Sunday Mass will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the nearby Church of St. Mary, in Lake Forest, Ill.  Bishop Thomas Paprocki, bishop of Springfield, Illinois, will be the principal celebrant and homilist.. Rev. Michael McGovern, pastor of the Church of St. Mary will concelebrate the Mass with  Rev. Michael Lightner,  Rev.  John Smyth,  Rev. Jacob DuMont LC, and Rev. John A Jamnicky.
Tickets to the events may be obtained at the Sports Faith International website  or by calling Angela Tomlinson at 847.331.6994.

The annual awards ceremonies, offered in conjunction with Catholic Financial Life, Franciscan University of Steubenville, The Brach Family Charitable Foundation, WSFI Catholic Radio, Catholic Athletes for Christ, Prayers for Life Frank J Casella, Pictures People Listen to, and Impressions Count honor world-class athletes who are known for outstanding dedication to sports and their faith. 

The Sports Faith Hall of Fame was created in 2008 by Sports Faith International in order to recognize and encourage excellence in sports and in the Catholic Faith. By providing a forum for the inductees to share their personal stories and accomplishments, the organization’s hope is many will be inspired to aim ever higher.

Sports Faith International was so impressed with the accomplishments of Father Smyth, whose life bears testimony to the world-changing power of combining the virtues and influence of sport with mountain-moving faith, an award, was named in his honor. Known as the Fr. John P. Smyth Award, it is awarded annually to an outstanding Catholic athlete or coach pursuing a religious vocation.  This year’s award will be presented to FrMichael Lightner, a former University of Eastern Michigan football player who is currently Director of Campus Ministries at the University of Wisconisn and pastor of St. Margaret Mary in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

For more information on the Sports Faith Hall of Fame and Sports Faith International or to ask questions visit, or email Angela Tomlinson at           

More Info:  The Sports Faith Hall of Fame was created in 2008 by Sports Faith International to recognize world-class athletes who are known for outstanding dedication to sports and their faith. Sports Faith International is a new media initiative dedicated to utilizing traditional and new media to showcase the connection between sports and faith. Programs for Catholic and mainstream media networks will feature some of the biggest names in the world of sports. Sports have been called a metaphor for life that can teach perseverance, discipline, loyalty, trust, dedication, and fair play. The shows will serve as a platform to discuss the many virtues and life lessons that can be learned from sports. It is part of BVM HELPING HANDS, a 501(c) 3, tax-exempt organization.

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