The STADIUM at St. Charles Catholic High School
As fans gather at Thomas Dupuy Field for a Friday night home game, young athletes are kneeling in prayer in a quiet locker room. This time-honored tradition of asking the Lord to watch over them and their fellow competitors is how the St. Charles Catholic High School (SCC) football team prepares for every game to compete in His honor.
It is also the last silent moment for the next two hours. Minutes later, the bleachers erupt in cheers as fans welcome their Comets football team to the field. Students, faculty, families, alumni and boosters, join together to support the young men in blue and gold.
IT’S GAME TIME
With each kick off, expectations are high and everyone is a member of this team. While the players are on the field, they do not do battle alone. The student managers, cheerleaders, star steppers and drum line, together with the players make up 50% of SCC’s total enrollment. The positive impact from our storied football program has lasted for generations.
This inclusive partnership has created one of the most successful football programs in the state. The Comets have qualified for the state playoffs 17 straight years under the guidance of head coach Frank Monica. They won the school’s first state championship in 2011. The team went 15-0 to win the Class 3A title. The Comets were also runners-up three times and semi-finalists eight times in that span.
While winning is important, what happens on the field goes beyond the final score.
“I am motivated to teach young kids fundamentals while instilling discipline and accountability which ultimately creates one’s work ethic,” Monica said of the life lessons learned on the field. “I hope students walk away from SCC with a wholesome experience in an environment of enthusiasm.”
Unfortunately, the famed football facility is at a crossroads. After decades of use, the steel structure has reached the end of its lifespan. Therefore, the only solution is to replace the storied bleachers.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ” - Colossians 3:17
Join us on APRIL 5, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. as we Celebrate The Old, The New, The Gold and The Blue at St. Charles Catholic High School!