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Penance to Mission: Shaping the New Face of Service

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It all started at a keg party on the Georgetown campus. Paul Caccamo and scores of his friends were celebrating his graduation until the police showed up. In a turn of events worthy of Les Mis, a passing Jesuit priest convinced them to let Paul go provided he performed an appropriate penance.


A letter soon arrived inviting Paul to help at a Catholic school in the Marshall Islands. There, what started as a year of penance launched the mission of a lifetime. 


Paul, who now serves as executive director at Up2Us Sports, sat down with me for this episode of the On the Whistle podcast.


He and I discussed:

  • The new faces of community and national service
  • Racial inclusion and gender bias in youth sports
  • Trauma-informed coaching in an age of COVID
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