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
2015 CYO Sports Seasons!
The 2015 CYO Sports seasons ended with prayer with our CYO athletes. Picutred above is the closing payer following the last CYO Girls' Basketball Playoff game in May at Moreau Catholic High School between 6th grade teams All Saints, Hayward and St. Felicitas, San Leandro. Olaf Pollard, Athletic Director at St. Leo the Great School, Oakland, sang the Our Father to end the plaoffs.
Pictured below are the 8th grade athetes from Mission Valley CYO Track and Field leading the Opening Prayer at the Diocesan Track and Field Meet in May at Granada High School.
Thanks to all – coaches, atheltic directors, parishes and families who made it possible for over 17,000 young athletes from around our diocese to participate this season!
WHO WE ARE!
(Photo courtesy of John Von Seeburg)
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 Girls' CYO Models Christian Service by Giving!
CYO teams are challenged each year to give back with Christian Service projects. Service is one of the "Points of Emphasis" for CYO teams. The Holy Spirit, Fremont, Girls' CYO program has lived that call to service with projects by their teams. Pictured above is the Holy Spirit Softball team, raising school supplies to donate to a local school. Pictured below are the volleyball teams and families serving food to the needy. Thanks for the inspiration!
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