God, Guts, and Glory: Professional Athletes Discuss Faith and Sports

God, Guts, and Glory: Professional Athletes Discuss Faith and Sports

With the fall semester underway, and college athletics in full swing, Holy Cross College is pleased to host a conversation with Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) on October 31st at 4pm. The panel discussion will be moderated by Holy Cross Vice President for Advancement and Athletics, John Kuka, and feature guest speakers David Casper, Craig Stammen, and Patrick W. Steenberge.

Launched in 2006, CAC was formed in response to St. John Paul II’s call to evangelize the world of sports. CAC serves Catholic athletes, coaches, and staff through an integrated network of oriented clergy and lay people to promote a Catholic sports culture.

David Casper, nicknamed “The Ghost”, is a former NFL football player known best for his time with the Oakland Raiders. One of the greatest tight ends to ever play, he is a member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

Craig Stammen, currently a pitcher for the San Diego Padres, is a native of North Star, Ohio, where he played football, basketball, and baseball at Versailles High School. Following high school, Stammen continued his baseball career at the University of Dayton. Drafted by Washington Nationals in 2009, Craig Stammen went on to sign with the Padres in 2016.

Patrick Steenberge is a former football quarterback who played for Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, Pennsylvania and the University of Notre Dame. Today, Steenberge owns and operates Global Football, an organization that hosts competitive events for young amateur athletes worldwide.

When asked about the event, John Kuka indicated that he was looking forward to moderating the discussion and believes that CAC’s mission aligns well with Holy Cross’ mission. “The college does a really good job of showing the Catholic faith in all aspects of life”, he said. “We want to provide another avenue for that.”

Kuka went on to explain the importance of this event’s message, that of integrity, love of one’s faith, and love of athletics. Supportive of CAC’s mission to reshape sports culture, this discussion serves as an opportunity to show student athletes what it truly means to be a high-profile athlete, yet remain a grounded, faithful example, and positive, principled leader.

Join Holy Cross College for this conversation on sports, faith, and ways in which the two are profoundly intertwined. The event takes place in Driscoll Auditorium on the campus of Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, Ind., with a reception in the Vincent Atrium immediately following. The presentation is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to stay and cheer on Saints men’s basketball as they host Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Mich.)