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EDVB Tourney awards Eileen Doherty Scholarships

          The Eileen Doherty Volleyball Tournament was started to create a scholarship endowment in honor of Eileen Doherty, the South Central District Volleyball Chairperson and VB Lay Director for Sacred Heart-Valley Park for many years.  Her devotion to volleyball and the kids that played it were second to none.  She gave it 100% because she loved it and we wandted todo something to carry on her memory and passion for the CYC, Volleyball and the kids.

            We decided to create a scholarship to be given to a girl and boy in 8th grade playing volleyball and continuing their education at a catholic high school.  Each participant is to write a one page essay on "Why they are a good representative of CYC Sports". 

             The 2017 winners of the scholarship are Hanna Dressing from St. Paul and now a freshman at St. Joseph Academy and Drew Steinmetz from St. Gabriel, now a freshman at Vianney High School.

              Both Hanna and Drew played CYC volleyball since 3rd grade.  In their essays they shared many memories over the years of their teams and friendships.  Here are some points from their essays that demonstrate their embodiment of the character that Eileen wanted to instill in her players.

              Even when they couldn't play, because of a broken arm, they are still the kind of teammate that goes to every practice and game because they knew they could contribute to the team.  It might be a word of encouragement or just cheering the team on.

              During the younger years, playing sports was all about winning and performing better than everyone else.  But through the years, they've learned that it is all about being a good sport to both their teammates and opponents and celbrating even the smallest achievements of their teammates.  They learned to be positive and to put the team above themselves.

               Congratulations to Hanna and Drew on their scholarships.  A big thank you to Tom Gresham and all the folks that helped put on this tourney that continues to honor the wonderful contributions Eileen Doherty gave to the CYC and the St. Louis volleyball community.

CYC Nights - Save the Dates

Plenty of CYC Nights at the St. Louis FC and St. Louis University Soccer and Volleyball.  CLICK HERE to find out which games CYC players get in FREE and how to order discounted tickets.  PLUS if you act quickly you can escort the St. Louis FC players out onto the field!

"Joseph - embodied the mission of CYC Sports!"

Congratulations to Joseph Rothkopf, first baseman for the 6th grade Holy Spirit baseball team.  He is the latest receipient of a Random Act of Sportsmanship (RAS) award.  Joseph's sportsmanship was noted not only by the first base umpire, but also the first base coach for the opponents, St. Genevieve DuBois.  Joseph was supportive of his teammates, especially his pitcher.  He always remained positive in his comments and encouragement, even while St. Genevieve chipped away at the Holy Spirit lead.  He complimented the opponents on their good hit when they got to first base, and told the first base coach about good plays his team made when they were in the field.  After a few innings, the first base coach said, "I like your attitude, first!"  And he told the umpire "that is the type of player I like on my team."

The umpire concluded, "Joseph played the game with sportsmanship, respect and had fun.  He embodied the mission of CYC Sports!"

Way to go Joseph!  We hope your attitude is contagious.  We should all have such a positive attitude and share it with others. 

If you see an Random Act of Sportsmanship by a player, coach, official or fan, please send a brief email describing that act to buzzswanston@archstl.org so we can recognize them too.  Good Sportsmanship makes Great Sports!

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