On Tuesday, October 30, the St. Rita High School Family welcomed football great Gerry DiNardo to campus as its guest speaker for their Grade School Father-Son Night. DiNardo, a resident of the Beverly neighborhood,
spoke of the importance of a Catholic education and stressed the need for continued care and support of our grade school children, among other things.
DiNardo, an All-American football player at the University of Notre Dame, has had head coaching stints at Vanderbilt University, Louisiana State University, and Indiana University. He now currently works for the Big 10 Network as a college football analyst.
DiNardo amused the crowd of over 100 attendees with his stories of success on the football field, but also spoke at great length about his belief in Catholic education and how it impacted his life. DiNardo is a product of Catholic education from grammar school all the way through the University of Notre Dame.
After a 40-minute presentation, DiNardo fielded questions from the audience ranging from, “Who will win this year’s Heisman Trophy?” to “What was the most valuable lesson you learned while you were a college football coach?” A very humble and genuine individual, DiNardo was a fantastic speaker who got through to the young men in attendance.
With a full BBQ dinner, desserts, refreshments, and talk of football and education, it was indeed a well-rounded and exciting night at St. Rita High School. Thank you to Gerry DiNardo for giving such a wonderful and memorable talk!