Keynote Speaker: Matt Birk
Super Bowl Champion Matt Birk, veteran of the NFL, is a devoted Catholic. He is active in the Pro-Life movement, having spoken multiple times at the March for Life in Washington, DC. Following his Super Bowl win in 2013, Matt declined an invitation to the White House due to the administration's strong support of Planned Parenthood.
Matt was the recipient of the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for his excellence on and off the field, including his commitment to emphasizing the importance of education through his H.I.K.E. Foundation. Established in 2002, H.I.K.E. stands for hope, inspiration, knowledge, and education, and impacts the lives of at-risk children.
Matt also launched the "Ready, Set, Read!" program in Baltimore-area public schools to motivate and encourage more than 100,000 students to read at home through a system of incentives. He partnered with Scholastic to form "Read and Rise," an initiative to join schools, families, and communities together in supporting the development of children's literacy. Having personally benefitted from twelve years of Catholic primary and secondary education, Matt is combining his commitment to education with his love of Catholicism through the formation of a new Catholic high school he is launching in 2019, offering a faith-based education to students in an under-served area of Minnesota.
He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and serves on multiple national boards. He is the author of All Pro Wisdom: The Seven Choices that Lead to Greatness, and resides in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Matt and his wife, Adrianna, are members of St. Joseph Parish and the proud parents of eight children.