Chicago Bears owner to speak at university

STEUBENVILLE – Chicago Bears owner Pat McCaskey will speak on faith and athletics at Franciscan University of Steubenville on March 4.

McCaskey will speak on his personal philosophy regarding seeing faith as a central stepping stone toward becoming a better person.

The Chicago Bears regularly bring in inspiring men and women with stories that encourage the team to embrace their fullest potential, according to team officials.

“We don’t force-feed anyone, but faith is fundamental to our caretaking efforts,” according to McCaskey.

Sports fans and nonsports fans alike will learn how to spread the Gospel message through one’s own calling when McCaskey speaks at 7:30 p.m. in the Gentile Gallery, J.C. Williams Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“Franciscan University athletics is proud to be associated with people like Pat McCaskey because we also want to encourage our athletes to seek virtue in their sports endeavors. And, like Pat McCaskey, we don’t believe that they’re mutually exclusive,” says Chris Ledyard, director of athletics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, who met McCaskey several years ago at Sports Faith International.

McCaskey is the grandson of Bears founder George “Papa” Halas and began working for the team in 1974.

He is chairman and founder of Sports Faith International, an initiative that recognizes people who are successful in sports while leading exemplary lives. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from DePaul University. He has been knighted in the international charitable order of St. Stanislaus.

McCaskey is the author of two books, “Bear With Me: A Family History of George Halas” and the “Chicago Bears, and Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout.”

He and his wife, Gretchen, live in Illinois and have three sons.