It is rare for any school in the country to field an Olympic athlete, let alone two, but Oakland Catholic High School (OC) – the only all-girls Catholic high school in Western Pennsylvania – has earned the designation. Two alumnae from the Pittsburgh school are representing Team USA at Rio 2016.
On the eve of the Summer Olympic Games, Pope Francis launched, through The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, “Sports, a culture of encounter,” the video that calls for sports as a practice of “human dignity, turned into a vehicle of fraternity.”
Thomas Wurtz, founding director of Varsity Catholic, emphasizes that when it comes to sports, we need to be the ones to lead them by helping them understand, even at an early age, the right vision of sports and how to navigate the tremendous lessons it will provide.
Catholic Relief Services reflects on how the global game of soccer flourishes in even the poorest reaches of the world and yet how the statistic of extreme poverty also reaches far and wide. CRS has programming that intersects with the soccer culture that’s truly everywhere.