THE CATHOLIC BOWL 2021

In Honor of Captain Emil Kapaun

 

Event:  Football Doubleheader showcasing four notable Catholic High School teams

 

Dates:  Friday, September 3, 2021:      Welcome Mass & Awards Dinner at Dr Pepper

Saturday, September 4, 2021:  3 pm and 7 pm games at Ford Center

 

Mission:  Celebrating Faith, Freedom, Football

 

Sites:  Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas; games

Dr. Pepper Roughriders Stadium, Frisco, Texas; welcome dinner

 

Honorary Event Chair:  Rocky Bleier, U of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh Steelers, US Army

 

VIP Guests:  Religious, Education, Sports and Military Leaders

 

Respects To:  Victims, First Responders and Military, recognizing 20-year Anniversary of 9/11

 

Participants:     John Paul II High School, Plano, Texas

St. Thomas High School, Houston, Texas

Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth, Texas

Little Rock Catholic High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

 

Featuring:  Varsity Football, Cheer, Dance/Drill, Marching Bands, ROTC

 

Host Hotels:  Drury Hotels, Frisco and Richardson

 

Produced by:  Global Football & Global Football Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) corporation, Granbury, Texas

 

Event Committee: Patrick Steenberge, David Bender, Mary Templeton, Calvin Colbert, George Teague

 

Captain Emil Kapaun:  Captain Emil Kapaun was a Catholic priest and United States Army Captain who served as an Army Chaplain in World War II and Korea. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, Father Kapaun died in a N. Korea POW camp, was declared a Servant of God by Pope John Paul II, the first stage on the path to canonization.

 

Rocky Bleier:                Rocky Bleier was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. The oldest of four children,  Rocky graduated from Xavier High School and went on to play football for the University of Notre Dame. Rocky was a member of the 1966 National Championship team and Notre  Dame Team Captain in 1967.

After graduating with a degree in business management, Rocky played one season for the  Pittsburgh Steelers before being drafted into the US Army. He volunteered for duty in  Vietnam and was shipped out in May 1969 and assigned to Company C, 4th Battalion  (Light), 31st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade. Rocky was assigned as a squad grenadier operating a 40mm M79 grenade launcher.

On August 20th, Bleier was on patrol in Hiep Duc when he was shot in the left thigh when his platoon was ambushed. While he was down, an enemy grenade landed nearby resulting in shrapnel into Rocky’s lower right leg and blowing off part of his right foot.

Rocky was told by his doctors that he would never play football again. Nevertheless, Bleier returned to the Steelers and tried to make a comeback. After being waived several times and enduring an intense workout regime, Rocky earned a spot on the Steelers’ lineup in  1974. In 1976, Rocky rushed for over 1,000 yards. Rocky went on to play in the first of four Steeler Super Bowls including catching the winning touchdown pass from Terry  Bradshaw.

Sponsors/Underwriters: Mass and Welcome Dinner-  TBA

Contact:  Patrick Steenberge, Global Football Founder,  patrick@globalfootball.com  817.219.7274

                 David Bender, Haynes & Boone, LLP, Plano, Tx.  david.bender@haynesboone.com,  972.739.8648