Sports Faith International is an initiative of Catholic Radio WSFI 88.5 FM that honors athletes, coaches, and others from sports at the professional, collegiate, and high school levels who lead exemplary lives. This year’s annual Sports Faith International (SFI) Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at the DoubleTree Hilton in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, from 6-9 PM on Saturday, May 22, 2021.
Saint Michael the Archangel was awarded the Sports Faith International All-Star Catholic High School Team of the Year for 2021. At the awards ceremonies, Coach Hugh Brown shared stories of encouragement and inspiration of his Saint Michael the Archangel Football Team of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Brown repeated a motto that certainly supports the Sports and Faith philosophy:
“Football is the vehicle, Christ is the destination.”
Brown shared with the audience the story of the Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic High School Football State Championship Game in 2019 that was won on 4th down with seconds left on the clock. Behind by 3 points, rather than go for a tie, the team expressed their desire for an attempt at last second win and they made it happen.
It is worth noting that Hugh Brown, his wife Ann, and Ed Dihlmann were involved in the creation of Saint Michael the Archangel School. Years of planning took place in the early 1990s. That was followed by temporary housing and a very small enrollment followed by growth and the purchase of a permanent location. In spring of 2019, the school received official recognition as an independent Catholic school under the umbrella of the Diocese of Arlington from Bishop Michael Burbidge.
The award ceremonies were hosted by Patrick McCaskey, Chair of Sports Faith International. Prayers were lead by Episcopal Advisor to SFI, Bishop Thomas Paprocki, from the Diocese of Springfield. The Event was organized and managed by Angela Tomlinson Station Director of WSFI and a host of others.