Kiersten Santos

Briar Cliff University Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

February 6, 2023

Briar Cliff University celebrated Catholic Schools Week by hosting free admission to all K-12 attendees and their families if they wore their Catholic school gear at Charger athletic events that week. Catholic Schools Week is an initiative led by the National Catholic Educational Association to celebrate the impact of Catholic education. Briar Cliff is the only Catholic-based higher education institution in the Sioux City Diocese.  

“We wanted to honor our Catholic identity not only at Briar Cliff but also with our surrounding Catholic K-12 schools,” said Interim President Dr. Patrick Jacobson-Schulte. “It was a pleasure to see the community come together to celebrate Catholic education in Siouxland throughout the week.” 

Before Monday’s junior-varsity contest against Dordt, Director of Campus Ministry Jason Salisbury delivered a prayer before the athletes took the court.

Wednesday night’s varsity competitions were filled with festivities that consisted of t-shirt tosses, raffle prize giveaways, and a half-time performance.

Before the women’s game, Briar Cliff’s own Kiersten Santos sang the national anthem. The Charger women’s basketball team cruised to their 13th conference win of the season, defeating Mount Marty 76-55. 

Prior to tip-off at the men’s game, Interim President Dr. Patrick Jacobson-Schulte gave a welcome for the attendees for Catholic Schools Week, followed by a prayer from a member of Catholic Daughters, Grace Johanson. During intermission, fans were treated by a performance from the Bishop Heelan High School dance team. The men’s team defended home court, winning 81-66. 

To read the full women’s game recap, click here. For the full men’s game recap, click here.

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