Catholic Identity In the NCAA
Did you know that there are around twelve teams at the NCAA March Madness tournament are Catholic Colleges? Many people were not aware of this, but it is true! They include: Notre Dame, Detroit Mercy, Georgetown, Marquette, St. Mary’s, Gonzaga, Creighton, Loyola, St. Bonaventure, Xavier, Baylor, and Iona. You may not of realized that they are a Catholic College because the team either does not show it, or you may just not pay close attention to realize it. A few ways that these Colleges may show they are Catholic by praying before a game, having a cross on their uniform, or hearing that the team has gone on a religious retreat. Next time, pay more attention to what you see and hear. Also, pay attention to the commercials of the teams, they may reveal in some way that they are a Catholic College. Remember, not all of the athletes may represent Catholics, so you cannot look at just one specific person and decide whether the team is Catholic or not.
If you want to learn more about the teams and interested to see if they are a Catholic College, then visit the school’s website and read about the college. If these colleges were true Catholics, then they would show they are Catholic and possibly even thank God in an interview that they won and were able to play the sport that they play.
I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance. 2 Timothy 4:7-8