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March 3 - March 16, 2013

Athletes, coaches honored for sports, faith

Bishop Thomas Paprocki, Diocese of Springfield, Ill, received the Light of Christ Award and was inducted into the Sports Faith Hall of Fame on Feb. 24. Known as the "Holy Goalie", he plays hockey, has finished nineteen marathons and is Chairman of the Bishops' advisory board of Catholic Athletes for Christ. The 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place at the Chicago Bears Payton Center in Lake Forest. 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. Karen Callaway/Catholic New World

Father John Jamnicky, pastor of St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Antioch, processes in front of Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki. Karen Callaway/Catholic New World

Bishop Thomas Paprocki, Diocese of Springfield, Ill, was the main celebrant during Mass. Karen Callaway/Catholic New World

Local athletes and coaches from the Archdiocese of Chicago were honored at the sixth-annual Sports Faith Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Feb. 24 at the Chicago Bears Walter Payton Center in Lake Forest.

Those earning Athlete of the Year honors included: Mary Therese Forsyth, Loyola Academy (Lacrosse); Rian Healy, St. Ignatius Prep (Soccer); and Joseph Perrelle, Carmel Catholic High School (Hockey).

Emmett McGovern, varsity basketball coach for St. Patrick High School, received the national Coach of the Year-Prayers for Life award.

Jim Connelly, track and crosscountry coach at St. Ignatius Prep, received the All-Star Catholic High School Coach of the Year award.

Sports Faith International is a Chicago-based initiative dedicated to inspiring and transforming culture through the world of sports.

For information, visit sportsfaithinternational.com.