SJCS STUDENTS HELP WITH HOME WORKS PROJECTS

St. Joseph’s Catholic School hosted Home Works of America the week of July 8-12, bringing together 30 teenagers from different schools.

The students spent the nights in the SJCS gym and spent the days on teams that did repairs on five homes in the Greenville area. They worked hard, had fun, learned new skills, developed new friendships and strengthened existing ones.

Skylar Lewis (SJCS Class of 2021) participated in Home Works for the second year in a row.

“It makes me feel so much more grateful for what I have,” she said. “It makes me feel stupid for complaining about little things, like my charger not working. It’s definitely a good experience. And you make good friends here.”

Everett Babcock (SJCS Class of 2022) said the homeowner prayed with the group and read from the Bible with them.

“He just shows so much joy,” Everett said. “He thanks everybody countless times. It does make you feel good about yourself. It is a lot of work, but you get to help other people.”

The students awoke each day at 6 AM, arrived at their respective sites at 8 and worked until about 4 PM. They returned to SJCS, showered, ate dinner, enjoyed a nightly activity and capped the day with prayer.

Then it was off to bed before beginning another day of service.

“It makes you feel like you’ve made a difference in a lot of people’s lives,” said Everett, “not just the homeowner, but they’ll have people coming to their house, and they’ll be like, ‘Wow, this looks a lot better than it was.’ That’s always nice.”

SJCS GRADS SHARE SOCCER EXPERIENCES WITH CAMPERS

Former St. Joseph’s soccer standouts Sean Langan and Jeffrey Fann (SJCS Class of 2016), now playing at Furman University, stopped by the SJCS youth camp recently to share their experiences.

Sean and Jeffrey told the boys and girls about their path from young players like the campers themselves all the way up to student-athletes at a highly competitive Division I program.

Sean recalled that when he attended Furman camps as a youngster, Paladins coach Doug Allison singled out one of the kids who had a really good attitude and did the little things.

“He said, ‘This is the kid I want on my team, because he was there after practice, doing extra stuff, picking up trash, helping the coaches clean things up,’ so it takes small things, not just being good at soccer,” Sean said.

“Then once a coach has his eye on you, make sure you work your best. He had his eye on me, and he offered me a spot on the team and I accepted, because I really wanted to be at Furman University. That was my main school.”

Sean and Jeffrey helped the Knights to four consecutive state championships. Both then went on to Furman.

Sean redshirted his first year and played the past two seasons for the Paladins. Jeffrey, 119 pounds as a senior in high school, had a “path and a half” before achieving his goal.

“I met with Coach Allison, and I wasn’t where I needed to be to join the roster,” Jeffrey said. “But he offered me the team manager position. I did that for two years.

“After a lot of hard work and a lot of time and effort that a lot of people wouldn’t normally put in, I was offered a tryout my sophomore spring, and at the end of the tryout I was offered a spot on the team. It took a lot of high work, and if you guys have the right attitude, have the right mindset, you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”

St. Joe’s girls varsity coach Rick Morris, who directed the SJCS camp and invited the former Knights to speak to the youths, asked the Paladins about the importance of academics.

“The coaches want well-rounded players,” Jeffrey said. “Obviously they want guys who are talented and work hard on the pitch, but they want guys who have good personalities, good grades, work hard on the field and in the classroom. Coach Allison trains us in all areas.”

“Our head coach is academics first, and he says that,” said Sean. “He expects you to have good grades. Grades are of utmost importance and higher than athletics.”

COME BACK TO GIVE BACK!

Join us and meet new families while connecting with other SJCS community members as we take some time to spruce up the campus for our new school year.

All families, friends and alumni are encouraged to volunteer in a variety of projects from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM on Saturday, August 10. Boxed lunches will be provided for all volunteers. To sign up, click HERE. Questions? Contact Rachel Neubauer in the Development Office.

SJCS COMPETES AGAINST WOODMONT IN 7-ON-7 FOOTBALL

The St. Joseph’s football team participated in a 7-on-7 competition at Woodmont on Thursday, July 18. Among the many highlights for the Knights was this touchdown reception by Andrew Walajtys on a pass thrown by Jack Murphy.

Coach Jon Wheeler’s squad will have its final 7-on-7 event of the summer at Landrum on Tuesday, July 23 at 9:00 AM.

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SIGNAGE ADDED TO JOE PAZDAN SR. BASEBALL FACILITY

Through the combined efforts of Joe Pazdan Sr., Joe Jr. and John Pazdan, whose family made a generous financial contribution to the recent baseball project at St. Joseph’s Catholic School’s Lasorda Family Field, the new hit house and bullpen area have been named in honor of Joe Sr.

The signage recognizing the new Joseph John Pazdan Baseball Training Facility was recently added and will serve as a lasting tribute to Joe Sr. and the Pazdan family.

 

1ST SJCS ATHLETIC GOLF TOURNAMENT, SOCIAL DRAW NEAR

The first annual St. Joseph’s Catholic School Athletic Department Golf Tournament and SJCS Summer Social are set for Friday, Aug. 2, and there’s still time to become involved and support the Knights.

The SJCS athletic program has won the Carlisle Cup for fourth consecutive years and six times in the last seven years. The Carlisle Cup is presented each year by the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association to the most outstanding athletic program in each classification.

St. Joe’s has won the Class 2A competition each of the past three years after winning in 1A in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

The golf tournament will be held at The Preserve at Verdae, and the Summer Social will follow at SJCS. Click here for information regarding Golf Tournament sponsorship opportunities and signing up to play as well. Click here for information on purchasing Summer Social tickets.

Enjoy a fun day and evening and help support one of the state’s best athletic programs!!

SJCS FOOTBALL TEAM TRAVELS TO WOODMONT FOR 7-ON-7

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The St. Joseph’s varsity football team will take part in the second of four scheduled 7-on-7 competitions on Thursday, July 11 from 9:30-11:30 AM at Woodmont High School. It will be the second time this summer the Knights have participated in a 7-on-7 at Woodmont.

Coach Jon Wheeler’s squad will play at home in a 7-on-7 on Thursday, July 18 from 9:30-11:30 AM. The Knights’ last scheduled event of the summer will be at Landrum on Tuesday, July 23 from 8:30-11:30 AM.