Golden Tate, then of the Seattle Seahawks, and Denver Broncos cornerback Tony Carter battle for the ball during Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. Tate, now a member of the Detroit Lions and a graduate of Pope John Paul II High School, will return to his alma mater to host a free football camp for rising third through rising eighth graders on Friday, June 10. JPII also will retire Tate’s jersey number 23 during a dinner at the school on Thursday, June 9. CNS photo/Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters
Pope John Paul II High School alum and Super Bowl champion Golden Tate will return to his alma mater to host the first ever Golden Tate Football Camp for rising third through rising eighth graders on Friday, June 10.
The school will also honor Tate during a dinner on Thursday, June 9, when his blue and gold number 23 jersey will be retired. Tate, a 2007 graduate of JPII, will be the guest speaker.
The free clinic will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 10. Following the camp there will be an optional plated luncheon for $25, where Tate will be available to mingle with the guests. Tate, a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, has launched the Tate Scholars Fund to provide need-based financial aid for female and male athletes at JPII.
“JPII is grateful to Golden for his commitment to assisting future Knights,” said Michelle Barber, JPII Dean of Admissions and Advancement. “Golden came to JPII from St. Joseph Elementary School back in 2003 as a three sport athlete. His natural ability coupled with his hard work and determination catapulted Golden to achieve success on and off the football field. Not only was Golden Tennessee’s “Mr. Football” in 2005 & 2006, he was also an accomplished vocalist singing in the JPII Chamber Chorus, the school’s elite performance choir. He was then, as he is now, known to be a man of great character, faith, and dedicated to his family and friends.” Barber went on to say, “I can’t think of a better guy for our future Knights to emulate than Mr. Golden Tate.”
The jersey retirement dinner will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in the JPII gymnasium. Tickets are $50 and proceeds will benefit the Tate Scholars Fund.
After starring on the football field at JPII, Tate moved on to the University of Notre Dame where he was a first-team All-American and the winner of the Fred Biletnikoff Award as college football’s best receiver after his junior season. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks and was a starter on their Super Bowl winning team in 2014. Tate also was a standout baseball player at JPII and Notre Dame and was selected in the Major League Baseball draft twice, first out of high school and later at the end of his career at Notre Dame.
In 2014, Tate signed a free-agent contract with the Lions and was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/golden-tate-football-clinic-at-jpii-tickets-25249014482 to register for the camp and jersey retirement dinner. For information about being a sponsor for the jersey retirement dinner, visit jp2hs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Golden-Tate-Dinner-Sponsors.pdf.