Ever Seen 2,000 High School Football Players Pray the Rosary Together?

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We have been blessed to lead four more SportsLeader Rosary Rallies this past week in Dayton, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Louisville.

Inspiring, encouraging, hope-filled, moving ... all understatements.

Each rally unique and powerful while at the same time all the same following a simple methodology.

SportsLeader was featured on EWTN's Life on the Rock Show recently during the first five minutes of the show.

For more information please contact us. Our hope is to bring this to every diocese soon.

The tour continues:

August 5 Atlanta, GA 
August 9 Cincinnati, OH (Grade School) 
August 11 Harrisburg PA 
August 13 Minneapolis, MN 
August 13 Bristol CT 
August 14 Sliddel, LA 
August 16 Phoenix, AZ 
August 23 Edgewood, KY (Thomas More College) 
August 23 Detroit, MI 
August 27 Little Rock, AR 
September 2 Franciscan University of Steubenville 
October 11 Decatur, IL

 
 
 
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Click HERE to watch video. It is featured from time 1:30 - 7:02.

 

We have now had seven total rallies since July 19th bringing the totals to 43 Catholic High School football teams and close to 2,000 coaches and players participating, not to mention hundreds of parents.

These are truly special events that every Catholic school on the planet should take part in.

Here are the group photos of the seven rallies and then some photos and stories from each of the last four rallies starting with the most recent in Louisville.

 
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St Louis, MO

 
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Kansas City, KS

 
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Columbus, OH

 
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Dayton, OH

 
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Cleveland, OH

 
 
 
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Cincinnati, OH 2015

 
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Louisville, KY

 

The record has been broken! Friday July 31st in Louisville we had 521 coaches and players. There were probably close to 200 additional parents for an approximate total of 721.

Six teams participated: Bethlehem, DeSales, Holy Cross, Providence, St Xavier and Trinity.

Providence did a fabulous job of bringing the majority of all their families to fill up a large swath of the back of church, while St Xavier and Trinity both brought more than a hundred players each.

It was held in St Patrick's parish church. We knelt for the duration of the rosary, some of the players did so on the hard floor.

The sound of over 500 young men praying the rosary out loud with fervor and passion was nothing short of moving. I was uplifted to say the least.

 
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Louisville, KY rally inside St Patrick's church.

 
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Coaches who participated in the Louisville, KY rally.

 
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Stegeman with award

The Catholic Telegraph, the official news source of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, brought home two honorable mentions at the Catholic Press Association Banquet June 27, in Buffalo, New York. New Media Editor John Stegeman earned both honorable mentions in the category of "Best Sports Journalism: Sports News." The award he's holding in the photo is for "Rosary Rally starts season right," and the topic of the article was the first SportsLeader rosary rally held in Cincinnati last year. Photo provided by "The Catholic Telegraph."

 
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Thursday July 30th was our second annual event in Cincinnati. This was the one that started it all.

340 players and 35 coaches for a total of 375 from 9, really 10 teams.

Badin, Covington Catholic, Elder, LaSalle, McNicholas, Moeller, Purcell Marian, St Xavier, Summit Country Day were all present. Roger Bacon should have been there but the bus company forgot to pick them up.

Last year we had 440. But if you count the Dayton and the Cincinnati one together this year we had a total of 650 for an increase of 210 coaches and players.

May God be praised! It was held outside, the weather was absolutely perfect and we were blessed with the presence of Archbishop Schnurr.

Click here for an article from the Catholic Telegraph.

 
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A beautiful and inspiring evening at Mt St Mary's of the West Seminary in Cincinnati, OH for the second annual SportsLeader Rosary Rally

 
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Archbishop Schnurr and Coaches who participated in the Cincinnati, OH rally.

 
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L to R: Lou Judd, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, and Paul Passafiume, Co-Founder of SportsLeader. “Through this rosary rally, we see that in fact coaches and school administrators are taking seriously their charge to make certain that every aspect of a Catholic school education is a mode of transmitting the faith,” Archbishop Schnurr said after attending the event.

 
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Cleveland was Wednesday July 29th held at the Borromeo seminary and hosted by Father Mike McCandless, vocations director.

All photos from Cleveland event courtesy of Tara Marcic.

Five teams participated: Lake Mentor Catholic, Padua Franciscan, St Edward, St Ignatius and Villa Angela-St Joseph.

Coach Chuck Kyle arrived first with his team, St Ignatius. Coach Kyle has been coaching for 43 years and has won numerous State Championships.

 
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L to R: Chris Willertz, Coach Chuck Kyle and Lou Judd

 
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Coach Chuck Kyle of St Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH praying the rosary. Coach Kyle has been coaching at St Ignatius for 43 years.

 

We were blessed with the presence of the Knights of Columbus, numerous seminarians, a Eucharistic procession and the opportunity to witness to thousands of people passing by as the location where we prayed was close to a busy intersection.

 
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Eucharistic procession at the beginning of the Cleveland, OH SportsLeader Rosary Rally with Fr Mike McCandless, Seminarians, Players and Knights of Columbus.

 
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An athlete from Padua Franciscan High School praying the rosary.

 
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Tuesday July 28th was in Dayton.

We had seven high school teams and a few members of the University of Dayton team join us at the University of Dayton:

Alter, Anna public high school, Bishop Fenwick, Carroll, Chaminade Julienne, Lehman Catholic and Springfield Catholic Central.

Coach Gerry Faust got us started with an inspiring talk on how he would always lead his teams at Moeller High School and the University of Notre Dame in prayer and adoration.

 
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Bishop Fenwick High School

 
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Chaminade Julienne High School

 
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