Two Athletes Earn CAC Courage Awards

Catholic Athletes for Christ  Awardees

Lucie Drahozal '17 and Chris St. George '18 were recognized at the 6th Annual Courage Award Reception of Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC), held at Marymount University in Arlington.

Lucie is a parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Herndon. At O'Connell, she is a three-year member of the Lady Knights varsity volleyball team. She is a member of the FIAT club, served as a student leader on the Kairos retreat, and was a Superdance committee chairperson. She is also an SCA class counselor and is the president of the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society and the English Honor Society.

Chris is a parishioner at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Ashburn and is involved in the parish youth group—the Upper Room Squad—where he is one of the teen leaders who runs Gospel contemplations and discipleship meetings. At O'Connell, Chris is a member of the varsity soccer and wrestling teams. He has served as the public relations office for the Pro-Life Club for the past two years and is the co-leader of the Altar Society. In addition, he is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society.

O'Connell chaplain, Rev. Gregory Thompson, was on hand at the awards ceremony as these students were honored along with student-athletes from other diocesan high schools.

Catholic Athletes for Christ serves Catholic athletes in the practice of their faith and shares the Gospel in and through sports. The organization work with athletes at all levels of sport in an effort to promote a Catholic sports culture. CAC was formed in response to Pope John Paul II's call to evangelize the world of sports and his establishment of the Vatican's Office of Sports.