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SHU Partners with Catholic Athletes for Christ

Siena Heights University is partnering with the Catholic Athletes for Christ and Global Football to present the inaugural Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 Catholic high school football poll. The CAC Top 25 will be published weekly each Wednesday starting Aug. 23 through the conclusion of the high school season.

The CAC Top 25 ranking criteria include the quality of the team and its players, strength of schedule, tradition, and quality of the team’s league, conference, region or district. All Catholic U.S. high schools that feature only four-year players playing 11-man football are eligible for consideration.

“We are pleased to partner with the Catholic Athletes for Christ High School Football Top 25,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, Ph.D. “As a Dominican Catholic university with a vibrant football program, we see the valuable role athletics plays in the formation of our student-athletes.  We stand with CAC in its mission to develop and promote solid Catholic role models, as well as the Siena Heights mission of being competent, purposeful and ethical and respecting the dignity of all.”

“We believe the poll will serve to highlight the excellent football performance of Catholic high schools throughout the nation,” said CAC President Ray McKenna. “In addition to underlining the football prowess on display at these programs, we hope and expect our poll to allow us to point out the superior academic, spiritual and community contributions of the coaches and student athletes at these schools. I know I speak for Siena Heights University and Global Football when I say we believe that sports, properly understood, develop the whole person – body, mind and soul.”

“Siena Heights University is very proud to be one of the initial sponsors of the CAC Top 25, and we look forward to connecting with all of the Catholic high schools across the United States with this initiative,” said SHU Athletic Director Fred Smith.

The rankings will be compiled by Christopher Lawlor, an award-winning writer, who is a voting committee member and advisor for several major national high school events, including the McDonald’s All-American Games and Gatorade Player of the Year. CAC chapters and the CAC Top 25 presenting sponsors will provide input into the weekly rankings. Lawlor previously worked for USA TODAY and ESPN.com, where he was the national preps writer, while compiling the national rankings in several sports.  

“I believe this weekly ranking, to be shared among media and featured on websites nationwide, will be a highly anticipated and discussed feature in schools and locker rooms everywhere,” said Patrick Steenberge, founder and president of Global Football, the joint organizers of the CAC Top 25 ranking.

Catholic Athletes for Christ serves Catholic athletes in the practice of their faith and shares the Gospel in and through sports. CAC’s goal is to provide an integrated network of sports oriented clergy and lay people to serve Catholic athletes, coaches, and staff in the practice of their faith. For more information, visit http://www.catholicathletesforchrist.org/.

To access the CAC Top 25, click here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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