On June 8, 2019, John Shinsky was inducted into the Sports Faith International Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. Sports Faith International is chaired by Chicago Bears Vice President Patrick McCaskey–the media initiative honors exceptional athletes, coaches and others who lead exemplary lives. Shinsky was an Academic All-American who co-captained the Michigan State football team in 1974. Shinsky received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate Degrees from the University. An educator for over 45 years, Shinksy and his wife Cindy made an exceptional effort along the way to built the City of Children Shinsky Orphanage in Matamoros, Mexico that has been in operation for 10 years.
Shinsky himself spent many years in an orphanage in Ohio when as a young boy his father died and his mother found it impossible to care for all her children. The youngest, John, was sent to live in Parmadale Orphanage outside of Cleveland. Eventually, as a foster child he went on to attend Saint Joseph High School and then Michigan State University. The opportunities Shinky received were invaluable and he decided to provide opportunities to kids in similar circumstances today.
Donations of land and money by generous people on both sides of the border, exceptional investments on the part of Shinsky, and tireless fundraising efforts with many former athletes have achieved the Shinky’s dream to create a safe and secure place for young orphan children in the area. Yet, there is so much more that can be done and so many children in the area who need help.
One of the fundraisers involved three Michigan State teammates including John Shinsky, NFL veteran Joe DeLamielleure and former Secret Service Director Eljay Bowron riding bikes beginning from the 50-yard line during the annual MSU Green and White football game at Spartan Stadium all the way to the Orphanage. CBS featured the story during the game.