Sports Faith International is a Chicago-area initiative that seeks to honor exceptional athletes 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.
By so honoring young athletes who are actively involved in their faith, the SFI program helps establish a strong sports and faith connection with young people. The program brings athletes from the professional, college, and high school level together in a setting that is normally reserved for the pros. The program helps affirm the positive contributions that athletes who live their faith make.
This years honorees included Katie Rodden, female athlete of the year for 2011. Katie was a cross country and track runner from Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Katie was all county first team in cross country and District 12 champ. She was also all county first team in track and she was county Meet runnerup in the 3,200-meter and District 12 champion in the 1,600 and 3,200. She placed seventh at state in the 1,600.
Katie interview at Philadelphia Catholic League Meet in 2011.