Sports Faith International is a Chicago-area initiative that honors exceptional athletes, coaches and sports administrators who live exemplary lives. Patrick McCaskey, Senior Director of the Chicago Bears and author of Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout is Chairman of SFI. Halas Hall, headquarters of the Bears hosts the SFI awards ceremony.
Coach Dan Duddy, the Head football coach of Monsignor Donovan High School was named the 2011 Virtues of Saint Paul Award winner. Duddy includes a steady diet of prayer, Bible study and Mass for his players in Toms River, New Jersey. Coach Duddy's team participates in a "virtue camp" each year before the season. The camp last a week and its held in a rustic no-frills location where players stay in cabins. Concentrated practice, fellowship, study and prayer are included. By the time the season starts players are well prepared physically, mentally and spiritually. Former players remember the coach and his camp with great fondness.
Duddy helps to build the faith of his players, and helps them to integrate faith into their daily lives. Duddy also offers his services in presentations and a mentoring program to others outside the Monsignor Donovan community--as seen at coachvirtue.com.