August 28th, 2013

Elementary Excellence: St. Martha

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Elementary Excellence: St. Martha
St. Martha football field

The following feature is a part of a weekly series called "Elementary Excellence" - a set of profiles that will spotlight Louisville area Catholic elementary schools and its athletic programs, teams, traditions and excellence in all aspects of sports. Do you want your school to be featured? Send us your recommendation to

The St. Martha football program has hosted a fundraiser every year since 2004.

St. Martha will host the Shamrock Kickoff Classic on Labor Day. This is the first time the event is going to be held on Labor Day rather than the Thursday before.

Unlike the official regular season, the games will only last an hour as the focus is to raise money for a cause. It’s just another chance for the kids to practice.

Bobby Norris started the event in 2004. He was the St. Martha head football coach at the time. He had heard that Joey Carter, a St. Lawrence student, had died in a car crash, and wanted to help out.

“We were sitting around brainstorming ideas on a community event that we could do to help the community,” Cindy Frederick said. “We came up with the Shamrock Kickoff Classic. We organize football games. Back then we had three and we invited different CSAA teams.”

All the money goes towards a charity or for a cause. In 2004 all of the donations went into the Joey Carter scholarship fund. Members of the St. Martha Parish also sold t-shirts that will go towards whatever the cause is for that school year.

This year St. Martha will host five games, the most amount of games they have ever had. Over the past nine years they have only done three but Frederick commented that they wanted to include the third/fourth and fifth/sixth grade teams this year.

“We have funded seven different scholarships over the years,” Frederick said. “All of the recipients have been involved with the CSAA in some shape or form.”

This year St. Martha will donate all of its funds to the ALS Association.

“There is a CSAA referee that goes by the name of Tom Walsh,” Frederick said. “He has been involved with the CSAA for many many years. Unfortunately he has Lou Gehrig disease. We chose to honor Tom this year and the money will go to the ALS Association.”

And because Walsh was a referee, the CSAA refs are going to donate their time this year rather than get paid. Walsh was a member of St. Bernard and is now is a member of St. Margaret Mary.

St. Martha, St. Stephen Martyr, St. Bernard, St. Margaret Mary, St. Edward, and Our Lady of Lourdes will participate in the event. The games will start at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5 p.m.



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