Catholic Schools Center of Excellence

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Minneapolis, MN  55435

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Saturday, May 2, 2020
6:00-9:00 PM


6:00 PM—Reception


7:00 PM—Dinner


8:00 PM—Program with Emcee Matt Birk

  • Remarks by CSCOE President Gail Dorn

  • Called to Greatness Legacy Award

  • Live Auction

  • Fund-a-Need: Initiatives supporting exceptional learners

Called to Greatness Legacy Award

The Called to Greatness Legacy Award honors an alum from a Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis whose life and career exemplify using one’s gifts and talents in life and chosen career in a manner that honors God and greatly benefits society. The award is sponsored by the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence. The 2018 Called to Greatness Legacy Award specifically honors an individual whose profession is/was in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

STEM Fund-a-Need

We want to provide our children with a strong foundation in STEM built upon the backdrop of faith - which is at the heart of our Catholic schools.  Establishing and enhancing STEM education in our Catholic schools will enable our students to become tomorrow’s problem solvers.  However, many schools simply lack the resources needed to enhance STEM education in their schools. Proceeds from the 2018 CSCOE BASH will provide funding to all 79 Catholic elementary schools for:

  • Teacher training to equip and empower our classroom leaders with the knowledge and skills to be the very best; including attendance at the 2018 ISTE Conference in Chicago.

  • The CSCOE STEM Lending Library will provide cutting-edge equipment available to all schools—in partnership with the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering.  Things like 3-D Printers, Blow-Up Planetariums and Robots can be shared throughout the school system.

Emcee: Matt Birk

Catholic School graduate, former Viking, and Super Bowl Champ

Matt grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended Catholic elementary and high school. He was a Cub Scout, a member of the National Honor Society, and played “pretty much every sport there was to play.” After high school, Matt attended Harvard University and earned a degree in Economics.

Matt was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 draft. Appearing in 228 career games, including 18 playoff contests, Matt spent 11 seasons with Minnesota and 4 more with the Baltimore Ravens. He was named the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his off-the-field service, as well as his playing excellence.

Matt has a passion for children and education, and has focused a great deal of his energy on promoting literacy among the youth in his communities. In 2002, he created the H.I.K.E. Foundation (Hope, Inspiration, Knowledge, Education) in Minnesota. It has grown greatly since then and its initiatives reached over 100,000 children in the Baltimore area in 2012.


In February, 2013 after a 15 year career in the NFL and a Super Bowl XLVII win with the Baltimore Ravens, the six-time Pro Bowl Center announced his retirement from playing football. Since his retirement, Matt has served the NFL in a variety of capacities. Currently a special advisor, he also sits on the Board of Directors of USA Football, the sport’s governing body. Much of Matt’s work focuses on growing and developing the game at all levels. He loves the game of football for the life lessons it teaches and the friendships it fosters.


Matt is currently working with CSCOE on the 4HG: For His Glory—an athletic program that will reclaim youth sports for Christ in our Catholic Schools. He and his wife, Adrianna, have 8 children and reside in Mendota Heights. Currently members of St Joseph’s parish in West St. Paul, they are involved in multiple Pro-Life organizations.