Monday, October 3, 2011

Wheaton Connectons in Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout

Patrick McCaskey's new book, Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout includes numerous connections to Wheaton. Sports and Faith is McCaskey's personal chronicle of extraordinary people he has known who balanced sports and faith in their lives. Several of McCaskey's friends and influences were from Wheaton.

Reverend Wayne "Coach" Gordon is one of the "devoted and devout" whose ministry and connection to the author is depicted in the book. Gordon is a Wheaton College graduate and founder of the Lawndale Community Church and Community Center. He is considered to be one of the early pioneers of the community development movement and is a personal friend and mentor of the author.

The legendary Pro Football Hall of Famer Red Grange, the "Wheaton Ice Man" who brought star-power to the NFL and saved the league in its first early financial crisis is depicted. It was the author's grandfather and Bears' founder, George Halas, who signed an innovative contract with the first superstar of professional football.

Former four-time Olympic Speed Skater and Wheaton College graduate Nancy Swider Peltz is also portrayed as a close friend of McCaskey. Several of Peltz family members who also touched McCaskey's life are briefly portrayed including Nancy Swider Peltz Jr., who like her mother is an Olmpic speed skater.

Wheaton, known as the town with the largest per capital number of churches, is also home base to a couple dozen notable sports figures. Wheaton's impact on sports is much greater than its size would suggest. It's not wonder that McCaskey portrays several outstanding Wheaton residents in Sports and Faith.

Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout is available directly from the publisher at and these fine stores:

In Wheaton:

Wheaton Religious Gifts
113 W Front St.
Wheaton, IL 60187

In other locations:

Bishop Lane Retreat Center
7708 E. McGregor Road
Rockford, IL 61102

C & A Inspirations
313 N. Mattis Avenue, Suite 112
Champaign, IL 61802

Christian Shop Ltd.
325 East Dundee Road
Palatine, IL 60074

Church of Saint Mary’s
175 E. Illinois
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Holy Apostles Parish Bookstore
5211 Bull Valley Road
McHenry, IL 60050-7429

Holy Family Books and Gift Shop
1515 Palatine Road
Inverness, IL 60067

Lagron Miller
4517 N. Sterling
Peoria, IL 61615
[Country Cottage Kiosk LaSalle Mall –also supplied by Lagron-Miller]

Lake Forest Book Store
624 N. Western Ave.
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Little Way
50 Brink Street,
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Love Christian Center
249 South Schuyler Avenue
Kankakee, IL 60901

Olivet Nazarene University Book Store
One University Avenue
Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2345

Our Lady of Perpetual Help
16708 S. Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Pax Vobiscum Book and Gift
227 S. Third Street
Geneva, IL 60134

Saint Anne’s Gift Shop
15160 S. LaGrange Rd
Orland Park, IL 60462

St. Mary of the Angels Angelorum Bookstore
1850 North Hermitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

St. Peter's Books & Gifts
110 W. Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60602-4102

The Book Stall At Chestnut Court
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093

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