July 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Royce Clayton, Pat Narduzzi headline event for Loyola Academy, UDM scholarships

Pat Narduzzi is Michigan State's defensive coordinator. (Dale G. Young / Detroit News)

Royce Clayton and Pat Narduzzi headline a banquet flavored by celebrities from two sports at the 27th annual Fr. Vincent Welch Memorial Dinner, which is set for 6 p.m., July 22, at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.

Clayton, who had nearly 2,000 hits during his 17-year career as a big-league shortstop, will be joined by Narduzzi, defensive coordinator for Michigan State’s Rose Bowl champion football team.

Clayton and his wife, Samantha, a former Olympic sprinter, have teamed to adopt the CleanPlay campaign aimed at ridding high school and amateur sports of a spreading danger: performance enhancing drugs, which once were the province of the big leagues but in recent years have become more intrusive on the youth level.

Narduzzi, who last season won the Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach, has been the architect of MSU’s crunching defenses since he joined head coach Mark Dantonio in relocating to East Lansing from Cincinnati in December of 2006.

Proceeds from the dinner fund scholarships for students at Loyola Academy in Detroit, and at University of Detroit Mercy. Tickets are $150, with a table of 10 priced at $1,200. Ticket information is available by calling 313-993-1700, or at kromretl@udmercy.edu.