Notre Dame Prep kicks off football season with Rosary Rally

A photo from last year's inaugural Rosary Rally. (submitted photo)

A photo from last year’s inaugural Rosary Rally. (submitted photo)

For the second year, Notre Dame Prep football teams will host a SportsLeader Rosary Rally in preparation for the upcoming football season.

The Rosary Rally is to be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church, located at 10755 N. 124th St. in Scottsdale.

Attending will be the football teams from Notre Dame Prep, Bourgade Catholic High School, Brophy College Prep, St. Mary’s High School and Seton Catholic High School and their families. Led by Father John Parks, Notre Dame Prep chaplain, the teams will recite together the Rosary, a traditional, meditative Catholic prayer, according to a press release.

“We will gather together at the beginning of football season and dedicate the season to God,” said Mark Nolan, NDP’s varsity football head coach, in the release. Coach Nolan brought the idea to Scottsdale from his former school—Regis Jesuit High School in Denver.

“I want to help the boys keep their priorities straight,” Coach Nolan said in the release. “We all have multiple roles to play in life, and my priorities, are faith, family, school and football.”

By hosting the Rosary Rally, Coach Nolan hopes the event will demonstrate that the teams are unified by faith first, then football.

Lou Judd, director of SportsLeader, a Catholic virtue-based faith formation program designed to help teach integrity and character in addition to athletic skills, helped Coach Nolan organize the first Rosary Rally in Scottsdale last year. SportsLeader holds rallies all over the United States.

“The world judges our success on wins and losses each season,” Coach Nolan said in the release. “But we won’t really know the fruits of our labor for 15 or 20 years, when we see what kind of men these athletes become.”

Opened in 2002, Notre Dame Prep is a Catholic diocesan college preparatory high school with a co-ed enrollment of 920 students. The school has received national recognition for the caliber of its academic and athletic programs. The school is located at 9701 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale.

Football players from Notre Dame Prep and Seton Catholic High School gathered last year for the 1st Annual SportsLeader Rosary Rally in Scottsdale last year. (submitted photo)

Football players from Notre Dame Prep and Seton Catholic High School gathered last year for the 1st Annual SportsLeader Rosary Rally in Scottsdale last year. (submitted photo)

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