Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Sports and Faith Book Series by Patrick McCaskey


Chicago Bears Director, Patrick McCaskey, has penned a new work called Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout due out in mid-January from Sporting Chance Press. Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout, Book 1 in a new Sports and Faith Series, is a personal chronicle of Chicago Bears Senior Director, Patrick McCaskey, that looks back at decades of spiritual enrichment and life lessons from athletes, coaches, religious leaders and everyday people. McCaskey recalls the stories of those who worked tirelessly to make the cut on and off the field—plus people who left comfortable lives to serve the underserved in extraordinary ways.

Here are the stories of team owners George Halas, Art Rooney and Well Mara—plus inspirational players like Brian Piccolo, Bill Wade, Tim Foley, Brian Cabral, and Danny Abramowicz. Also examined are lives of extraordinary people who decided not to pursue a life of sports because they were tugged in another direction—John Smyth, Wayne Gordon, Don Nevins and Joe Freedy. What’s more, Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout looks at some who simply set out to help those who needed help the most: John Perkins, Ignatius McDermott, and others.

Athletes often face difficult lifestyle choices and moral challenges. Many professional sports teams work with religious men and women to help players and staff continue their spiritual enrichment. The Chicago Bears bring in speakers and inspiring men and women who share their faith and life-lessons with players. According to the author, “We don’t force feed anyone, but faith is fundamental to our caretaking efforts.” The Bears are also involved in many charities that are directed and supported by amazing people from all walks of life. Personal experiences of growing up in an exceptional sports family are also shared.

Patrick McCaskey has been at the center of it all. Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout takes you out on the streets, into the football fields, up to the podiums and in some instances…on your knees.

Order your copy from Sporting Chance Press.