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March 10, 2006

From Stephen Pawlowski, Assistant Superintendent
Office of Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

The Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is conducting a full investigation which includes reviewing game tapes and interviewing students and staff. We want to be sure that we are thorough and look at every aspect of what happened Saturday night. The Archdiocese will then determine any necessary actions to be taken against those who were involved.

The events which occurred were unacceptable and inconsistent with the philosophy and mission of the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Office of Catholic Education holds players and student spectators to a Code of Conduct that is summarized at the beginning of every game, including this championship game, just prior to the announcer inviting everyone to join together in prayer. The announcement says that our athletic programs are designed to foster good sportsmanship, camaraderie and Catholic values. We ask that all athletes and spectators honor the Code of Conduct by refraining from the use of vulgar language, abusive behavior or inappropriate cheering.

The Archdiocese also holds Sports and Spirituality programs throughout the year which deliver a message of respect for opponents and the importance of Catholic teaching in competitive situations. Whether it is a practice session or a league championship, acceptable sporting behavior by our players and fans is expected at all times.


Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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