My son is a huge fan of Mike Ditka and I was surprised to learn that he has Polish ancestry. "Ditka was the first of four children born to Michael and Charlotte. His father was the son of a Ukrainian father and a Polish mother, while his mother was of Irish-German heritage. The original family name was "Dyzcko" and was often pronounced "Disco": hence the name change." I learned this on the NPASHF web site (http://www.polishsportshof.com/). Check it out and read all about the outstanding athletes that have been inducted into the NPASHF.
Mike "Dyzko" Ditka, proud of his Polish Heritage
Fox News Detroit featured this year's National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame inductees on it's evening newscast tonight: Mike Kenn (played for University of Michigan and the Atlanta Falcons, 5 time Pro Bowler), Mark Rypien (1992 Superbowl MVP), and Bobby Hurley (NBA). Way to go guys! You do your Polish ancestors proud!