Welcome to the CYO Home Page!
"Dear friends, never forget that you are on the field of faith! You are Christ’s athletes! You are called to build a more beautiful Church and a better world."
– Pope Francis to young people, World Youth Day 2013
WHO WE ARE!
"The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), through the vehicle of sports, provides youth with an opportunity to practice Christian attitudes and responsibilities and to become friends with other children throughout the diocese. CYO activities should be examples of the meaning of Christian sportsmanship." (CYO Code of Conduct)
The Oakland Diocese Catholic Youth Organization is a church-sponsored athletic program for elementary and junior high age youth from the parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Oakland. CYO Sports are offered by the Church as a ministry to young people.
CYO sponsors a variety of sports: girls' and boys' basketball, girls' volleyball, girls' and boys' track & field, girls' and boys' cross country, girls' softball, boys' sand volleyball and cheerleading. Teams are offered for children in third through eighth grades.
CYO offers parish-centered or Catholic school-centered teams. CYO teams are not "club" or city teams. For enrollment or eligibility requirements, please contact your local Catholic parish athletic director.
Check out the information about individual CYO sports, tournaments, CYO philosophy and coaches certification programs. Links to individual CYO leagues with web pages are found on their respective sports pages.
Every athletic competitor exercises every kind of self-discipline --- they to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. (I Corinthians 9:15)
Holy Spirit CYO "Gives Back" with Service Project
The Holy Spirit, Fremont, Girls' CYO Softball Team recently "gave back" to the Catholic community with a drive and donation of school supplies to a local Catholic school. The team is pictured above. CYO teams are encouraged each year to do a service project, one of the CYO Points of Emphasis.
All Saints CYO Begins CYO Cross Country!
All Saints CYO is once again participating in CYO Cross Country! After many years, Melissa Smith, long-time CYO track coach restarted the program this season at All Saints, with fifty runners from around the parish and school.
Also new to CYO Cross Country this year are St. Elizabeth, Oakland and St. Joachim, Hayward. This increasingly popular CYO sport is running in September and October and featuring 34 parishes and Catholic schools around the diocese. Click here to visit the CYO Cross Country page for more photos and information.
(Photo courtesy of John Von Seeburg)
50 + SEASONS FOR CYO!
The Oakland Diocese was founded in 1962 and celebrates its 50th anniverary with the theme "Gather Good Together in Christ." The Oakland Diocese CYO was founded with the diocese and we celebrate our 50th season!
Click Here for an article in the Catholic Voice on 50 Years of CYO
Below is photo from the Catholic Voice of the 1995 Girls' Basketball and Volleyball teams from St. Anthony School, Oakland, with Bishop Emeritus John Cummins. Also, below is a photo of the St. Anthony, Oakland basketball team from 1912!
"...sport, practiced with passion and ethical sense, in addition to exercising a healthy competitive spirit, becomes a school to learn and deepen human and Christian values."
– Pope Benedict XVI