Hate to Lose

April 22, 2013 | by ISSCD

by Caitlin Cantwell, Neumann University student-athlete (volleyball) The worst part about sports – as anything else – is losing. I never realized how much I hated losing until I suffered a few big-time losses. Two losses stick out in my memory above all others. The first was my sophomore year against Baptist Bible College in … Read More 


April 15, 2013 | by Clare Devine

If a picture can say 1,000 words, how about a video?  Watch this: You may now be at a loss for words, but I am sure you have a plethora of goose bumps to compensate.  The chills running down your neck might leave you as speechless as the announcer who repeated “wow” and “what a … Read More 

The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned

April 10, 2013 | by ISSCD

by Caitlin Cantwell,  Neumann University student-athlete (volleyball) I was told to get moving on my “elevator speech,” so here’s to that. Hopefully I’m not headed to the balcony level! Just kidding—kind of. I’m Caitlin Cantwell! You can call me Gaga, Cantwell, or the really loud, blonde girl on the volleyball team. When applying to colleges, … Read More 

Universities Suffer

April 4, 2013 | by ISSCD

by Lee M. DelleMonache, M.S., Coordinator, Management & Planning, ISSCD When the public begins to believe that the value of the institution is to be measured by the success of its athletic teams, the core mission of the university is threatened…the value of an athletic program must ultimately rest on its support of and integration … Read More 

A Broken Perspective

April 3, 2013 | by ISSCD

by Rosie Kays, Neumann University student-athlete (women’s soccer) Treasurer, Sport and Entertainment Management Club I had always thought that the perspective on Division I athletics was a bit skewed, but this weekend during the Elite Eight games, namely the Louisville University versus Duke University game, this became ever more evident. As many of you may … Read More 

The Best and Worst in Catholic Youth Sports

March 6, 2013 | by ISSCD

by Lee M. DelleMonache, M.S., Coordinator, Management & Planning, ISSCD I am very competitive and love to win. Over the years in my roles as a student athlete, a team chaplain, and a parent of athletes, I have lost championships and I have won them. I have been on the losing end of some hard-fought … Read More 

Play – Beauty – Reflection – Balance – Respect

February 19, 2013 | by ISSCD

No matter what the level of competition, each athletic experience or moment has the potential to evoke a sense of awareness and contemplation not often realized by sport participants and spectators. Winning, losing, injury and mistakes carry within them the precious gift of inspiration. It is up to the individual to recognize it, respect it, learn … Read More 

Spring Commissioning 2013

February 12, 2013 | by ISSCD

At the start of every sport season, our Neumann Knights are commissioned. “Commissioning” means that each student-athlete is blessed, and pledges to compete passionately and act with respect, integrity and perseverance. Last night, we held our Commissioning Ceremony for our spring teams: baseball, softball, golf, men’s tennis, women’s lacrosse, and men’s lacrosse. Together, about 150 … Read More 

How I Found Joy in the Pain and Agony of Youth Sports

January 4, 2013 | by ISSCD

by Janell Burley Hofmann,  Writer (originally posted on Since the last time I coached my son’s youth sports team, I have given birth to three daughters, his foot has grown larger than mine and now, not everybody wins. It has been six years, but it could have been yesterday, it could have been a … Read More 

Thoughts on REFLECTION

December 28, 2012 | by Evan Morgan

For more information about the pillars in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, please visit the exhibit online at One of the key values on the pillars in the atrium of the Mirenda Center is reflection. The act of reflecting is thinking about a past action or moment and how is has … Read More