Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Athletics is part of the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Catechesis and part of Youth Ministry outreach. There is an obvious component of evangelization in CYO Athletics; an opportunity to strengthen the connection of baptized Catholics to their Church and an opportunity to be a witness of what a Catholic Christian believes and lives to those who are not Catholic. For these reasons we enforce the following principles:
CYO Athletics are built on mutual respect
CYO Athletics celebrate the dignity of each individual person
CYO Athletics encourage the unique gifts of each participant
Principles of fair play and sportsmanship govern all games, practices and scrimmages
Participants, both youth and adult, model Christian values and virtues
CYO Athletics allows the gifted to excel, and the less gifted to participate and improve
Playing is more important than winning
Winning well is more important than winning)
This ministry is open to women and men who are 18 years and older.
Ways To Participate:
St. Lawrence offers fall soccer and winter basketball. You can volunteer as a head coach, assistant coach, or team parent volunteer.
Practices are scheduled once or twice a week and are arranged around your schedule. The soccer season is usually from September to November and the basketball season is usually from November to March.
Passion for working with children, having fun, and being a witness to the Catholic faith to your team, their families, and all of CYO sports. A background check and CASE training is required.
Fall soccer is offered to parish children in grades 3 - 6. Winter basketball is offered to parish children and adolescents in grades 3 - 12.
CYO committee members, head coaches, assistant coaches, team volunteers, and weekend supervisors.