La Salle College football standout visits Notre Dame, LSCHS receives Saint Francis of Assisi Service Award

La Salle College High School’s sophomore cornerback Joey O’Brien was recently featured by Sports Illustrated’s Irish Breakdown for his first recruiting visit to Notre Dame.

O’Brien was “very impressed” by the campus trip and has two early offers from Duke and Toledo, according to the article.

“The visit went well,” O’Brien told Irish Breakdown. “It was a really good practice. It was high intensity from start to finish.

“It was great seeing Coach (Mike) Mickens in person,” O’Brien continued. “He’s a great coach. He wanted the defensive backs to pay attention to detail, as well as playing fast and physical.”

As a sophomore, he recorded 38 total tackles, three interceptions and 18 pass breakups. He was also utilized on offense with 24 receptions for 339 yards and three touchdowns. 

In related news, La Salle College High School received the Saint Francis of Assisi Service Award for La Salle’s Commitment to Service over the past 15 years.   

Director of Mission and Ministry Lewis Clark received the award, which was given during the 4th annual Katharine Drexel Dinner held in Phoenix, Arizona by St. Michael Indian School.

“La Salle has partnered with Saint Michael’s in various initiatives as part of our Summer Service Program, sending over 300 students and faculty to Arizona for community service at the school, and an immersion experience with the Navajo Nation,” the school said in a news brief.

St. Michael Indian School provides students from Native American Communities in Arizona and New Mexico with a quality education that is rooted in Catholic values, is sensitive to Native heritage, teaches leadership skills, and enables students to contribute in a culturally diverse world, according to La Salle College officials.

“We extend our gratitude for the school’s commitment and for the continued support from students of LSCHS and exceptional teachers such as Micky Dominick, Lewis Clark, Pete Sigmund, Joe Parisi, Justin Harbour, and countless others who have traveled and organized the many trips from Philadelphia to Arizona,” Renee Tsinnie, St. Michael’s Director of Advancement, said.

“We are extremely grateful to be honored with the Saint Francis of Assisi Service Award,” Clark said. “Each summer, our students and faculty learn first-hand about Navajo history, tradition, and culture. It is truly a transformative experience for our students and a relationship we cherish.” 

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