Project Description

The Inductees

Martin McGarry, McGarry Boxing Club, Golden Gloves Title and two time state champion boxer

Matt Birk, NFL Super Bowl Champion, two time All Pro, Baltimore Raven

Blessed Pope John Paul II, known as “The Athlete Pope”

Stan “The Man” Musial, Three time World Series Champion

Vince Lombardi, Pro Football Hall of Fame and legendary motivator
(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.)

Walter “Red” Bainbridge, National and International Medalist

Fr. Michael Lightner received the Fr. Smyth award, Former University of Eastern Michigan Football player

University of Notre Dame Quarterback, Tommy Rees

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

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 Coachof Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinoiswill be inducted as Coach of the Year.

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.

Documents and Images from the Event