Catholic Charities Bets on Super Bowl 50 to Help the Needy


Obviously, God doesn’t take sides in who wins Super Bowl or any other sporting contest. His goal is the salvation of the players, and sometimes a win helps that, sometimes a loss. So, however Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 (or as we Latin-lovers would prefer it, Super Bowl L) turns out, we can be confident that God’s good with it.

But, if the game can be also used to do good, well, all the better. Here’s a press release that shows just how that is happening right now.


Denver and Charlotte Catholic Charities kickoff a challenge for a cause

Denver, CO and Charlotte, NC—In anticipation of the big game next Sunday, Feb. 7, a friendly wager began between the heads of Catholic Charities in Denver and in Charlotte to face-off in Charity Bowl 50, an online fundraising challenge to help serve those in most need and show the most team spirit.

Last week, Catholic Charities of Charlotte CEO and Executive Director Gerry Carter and Catholic Charities of Denver CEO and President Larry Smith agreed to make a play to each raise $50,000 by the end of the game, when the two cities’ football teams will play each other Feb. 7.

“It’s a worthy cause that will have a major impact on the lives of the poor and needy in each of our communities,” Carter said. “All of our team’s fans and Catholic Charities in the Carolinas look forward to this challenge, and the inevitable victory that will be ours.”

Smith responded that Denver is not afraid of a challenge.

“Through Charity Bowl 50, Denver football fans have a real opportunity to show they have the best team spirit and a real passion for serving others,” Smith said.

“This challenge is a true win for both Denver and Charlotte, but there’s no doubt we will seize the victory.”

Anyone can participate in Charity Bowl 50 to help one of the charities raise the most money by donating online at The fun competition is intended for fans across the nation to give a gift for a worthy cause.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver has provided shelter and housing, women’s services, and family and child services to more than 77,000 people in the community in 2015. Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte offers services to transition families out of poverty, counseling, refugee assistance and resettlement, immigration, disaster relief and educational events to more than 19,000 people a year.

Before the challenge began, Smith and Carter agreed to some Charity Bowl rules. All donations made online at from midnight January 31 through the end of the football game Feb. 7 will be tallied and counted toward the total amount raised.

The winning charity’s CEO will hold a victory celebration when charity employees will dump cold sports drink over him. The losing charity’s CEO will dress in the opposing team’s colors and send a message of congratulations to the other charity. The winning charity is not determined by the score of the actual football game. The donations received by each charity are visible on An hour after the football game ends, the final donation results will be tallied and published.

Denver and Charlotte’s Catholic Charities encourage media and the community to share this information and give to help those in need at The competition can be tracked on social media with the hashtag #CharityBowl50.

As of this writing, Denver is slightly ahead with $10, 279, with Charlotte trailing with $9,633. Come on, Panther fans, let’s get in this! And you Broncos fans — are you going to let them catch up?

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Image: Catholic Carolina Panthers player Luke Kuechly (YouTube screenshot)

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