What is the name of the collection of sports trivia savants who, for the fifth year in a row, won the St. Giles Men’s Society Sports Trivia contest on Saturday, March 2?
Answer: “Popeye Jones Ugly Bros.”
In the 11th annual edition of this hugely popular event, captain Mark Luptak, along with Ryan Luptak, Paul Goodman, Joe Goodman, Jeff Chierici and Mike McLenighan, ran circles around the rest of the field at Trinity High School in River Forest.
Their 163 points (out of a possible 184) put an exclamation point on their dominance, which has extended to six titles in seven years. The runner-up, for the third consecutive year, was a group dubbed One True Team.
Overall, 102 teams (up to six players per team) competed for bragging rights as they were put to the test by the Sports Trivia Night Committee. That volunteer group is a collection of 15 St. Giles men who over the past year brainstormed more than 100 original questions worth 184 total points across a variety of categories to test trivia enthusiasts’ memories and mettle.
Most importantly, it raised approximately $40,000 for an extremely worthy cause: Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School’s Corporate Work-Study program. Over the past three years, the event has generated about $120,000 for the program.
According to the school’s web site, the program “allows students to earn the majority of the cost of their education by working five days a month at Chicago-area businesses, law firms, banks, hospitals and non-profits. This model allows tuition payments to remain affordable while providing funding for a safe, faith-based environment with rigorous college prep academics.”
Last year’s graduating class continued the school’s tradition of 100 percent college acceptance rate for every graduate since 2011, three years after the school was founded with 120 freshmen. For the third year in a row, all the grads were accepted into a four-year university.
The Sports Trivia event has a sterling philanthropic history of its own. For its first nine years, it was held at St. Giles, 1045 Columbian Ave. in Oak Park—the first six years at McDonough Hall and the next three years in the gymnasium. But steady growth from an inaugural field of 14 teams has prompted the move to Trinity the past two years. Sponsorships, raffles, and silent auction tallies are still coming in, so this year’s final fund-raising tally has yet to be pinpointed.
Keep an eye out for updates on that detail, as well as next year’s contest date and a summary of past years’ efforts at http://www.stgilessportstrivia.com