Nazareth Academy Friday inducted seven new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame, included La Grange Park resident, Sister Pat Borchardt.
According to a news release from Nazareth, "For an impressive 67 years, Sr. Pat has been associated with Nazareth, starting when she enrolled in the Academy as a freshman in 1946, then entering the Congregation of St. Joseph in 1950.
"For 25 years she taught in many local Catholic schools, and from 1990 until 2010 she worked at Nazareth, in Development and in our Nazareth Bookstore, where she earned the nickname 'Sister Bookstore.' You can often find her in the bleachers enthusiastically cheering on one of our many teams if, that is, she’s not working the ticket table, ever smiling and helpful. She has watched so many of our sports programs grow, our new fields develop, and is grateful for and proud of the dedication Naz coaches and athletes show in their efforts to form not only athletic skills but also an atmosphere of good sportsmanship."
The honorees and their guests celebrated before the boys basketball game with a reception at Nazareth. During halftime, each inductee received a commemorative award listing their accomplishments at Nazareth from Nazareth Principal, Deborah Tracy and Nazareth President, Dennis Moran.
Nazareth also honored the following inductees: Coach Len Gramarossa (Western Springs) and athletes Mary Carol Beach ’81 (Gilbert, AZ), Ron Mouw ’87 (Hinsdale), Ryan Mouw ’92 (Brookfield), Michael Pilch ’86 (Lockport), Monica Skowronski ’82 (Lowell, IN) and Joe Ziemba ’99 (Naperville).