Catawba Baseball First Pitch Dinner



January 14, 2017logo-firstpitch.jpg

Peeler Crystal Lounge (Robertson College-Community Center)

Cocktail Hour: 5-6pm

Dinner & Speaker: 6pm-8pm
Special Guest:  George McGovern
Guest Speaker:  Bob Ryan



Special Guest: George McGovern
Team Chapel Leader - NY Yankees

MocGovern has been on the full-time staff of Cru since graduating from American University in 1976. Until 1990, he served within the campus ministry primarily at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He represented Athletes in Action (AIA), a division of Cru, while at Rutgers. In 1990, he was asked by AIA leadership and Baseball Chapel to assume the chaplaincy positions with the NY Jets and NY Mets. In 1996, he was asked to transfer to the NY Giants and NY Yankees.

giants-mcgovern.jpgDuring the mid-90's, he also assumed the chaplaincy role with the NJ Nets (now the Brooklyn Nets). The 2015-2016 NFL season was a transitional one with regard to his work as the Giants' team chaplain. He began training Gian Paul Gonzalez in preparation to begin serving as the team's players' chaplain beginning in July 2016. McGovern will continue to lead the Giants' Coaches ministry.

In addition to his chaplaincy work with these teams, McGovern supervises seven AIA staff couples who serve in the NY metropolitan area. The team's mission is to help make a positive impact in the New York City metropolitan area through the platform of sports. 


bobryan16.jpgGuest Speaker:  Bob Ryan

Robert P. "Bob" Ryan is an American sportswriter formerly for The Boston Globe. He has been described as "the quintessential American sportswriter" and a basketball guru and is well known for his coverage of the sport including his famous stories covering the Boston Celtics in the 1970s. After graduating from Boston College, Ryan started as a sports intern for the Globe on the same day as Peter Gammons, and later worked with other Globe sports writing legends Will McDonough and Leigh Montville. Ryan announced in early 2012 his retirement from sports writing after 44 years once the 2012 Olympic Games concluded. His final column in The Boston Globe was published August 12, 2012.

  • National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association National Sportswriter of the Year four times (2000, 2007, 2008, 2009).
  • College Basketball Writers and New England Basketball Halls of Fame.
  • 1996 Curt Gowdy Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 2000 Associated Press "National Sportswriter of the Year"
  • 2006 Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism
  • 2015 PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing

$75 per person (all proceeds will help support the 2017 spring season for Catawba College Baseball).

Use the form below to purchase tickets. Your tickets will be available at the WILL CALL desk the night of the event. Please contact Pam Barber at or (704) 637-4394 if you have any questions.

This event is now SOLD OUT. Thank you for your interest!