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Angela Anderson wins $174 in April Positive Parent drawing

CYC Sports Director, Paul Scovill awards Holy Redeemer parent, Angela Anderson with her $174 check as the winner of the April drawing.  Angela took the Positive Parent course earlier this year, and once she completed the class her name automatically went in to the hat to be drawn out for the monthly award.  Awards will be given monthly through November.

How do you get your name in the hat?  Simply take the FREE, 27 minute, online Positive Parent course.  Once you complete the course your name is in the drawing from now through November.  This incentive is being given because the CYC would like all parents to complete the Player - Coach - Parent Triangle by taking the class and having a better understanding of the mission of CYC Sports and how Positive Parent participation enchances that mission.

Give 27 minutes of your time, no cost to you, learn about CYC Sports and you have a chance to win $174.  It's a no-brainer...  CLICK HERE to take the class right now!  Yes both parents can take the class.  I'm not an odds maker, but doesn't that double your chances of winning?

Zoberi's Sportsmanship Shines RAS

At the 2015 CYC Final Track Meet, Ste. Genevieve du Bois runner Kellen Zoberi's second event in his 7-8 age group was the 800-meter run. He was seeded third based on his time in CYC's Preliminary meet. Kellen really, really wanted to win: for himself and because older brother Mark won this event two years ago. He trained so hard in the weeks leading up to finals, both during practices and on his own.

In the second lap of the 800, Kellen passed four other runners to take the lead with 300 meters to go. He held the lead going into the final turn when the boy in second place tried to pass. The boy moved in too close, and stumbled and fell to the track. Still in the lead, Kellen had managed to stay on his feet, but stopped and offered the other boy a hand up. In doing so he lost time and two other boys passed him - Kellen finished third in the race but first in Sportsmanship.
 

True Grit of Sportsmanship- Jacob Fahland RAS

As we are seeing more and more with closed teams and open teams playing in the same division in baseball this game was a bit one sided in favor of SMMA (O). St Simons had a catcher (Jacob) that gave high fives to hitters that hit homeruns, gave them to runners as they crossed home plate and picked up the bat and handed it to the next hitter on numerous occasions. What makes this an act of true sportsmanship is the fact he didn’t have to do any of these things and no one would have thought any different of him as a player. He performed these acts out of sportsmanship and kindness toward the other team. Had I not been sitting where I was sitting for the game I’m not sure I would have noticed his actions. I am glad I did because it reminded me why we do what we do for the kids of CYC and how special they are. 

"Sports done right helps build a more caring,brotherly and just world." Pope Francis

                                 

Never let practice and competition get in the way of going to Mass, studing for school, being with friends and helping the poor, Pope Francis told an Italian sports association.

And never let Italy's infatuation with soccer - like in the pope's native Argentina - crowd out all the other sports, which are just as important for teaching kids the benefits of teamwork and sacrifice, he said May 7.

In the Vatican's Paul VI audience hall, the pope met with athletes, coaches, sports fans and team owners that belong to Lazio Sports Society, which was established in 1900 by young popple who wanted an organization that was open to everyone and upheld sports' ethical and moral values.

Back then, organized sports were geared toward those who had natural athletic talent, the pope said, but the group's founders wanted people of all abilities and backgrounds to be able to take part.

"I encourage you to continue to be welcoming, to value diverse talents" and offer a way for people to experience friendship and harmony "without discrimination".

He praised the sports association for giving "equal dignity to all sports.  In Italy, like in my country, too, in Argentina, there's the risk of always talking about soccer and neglecting all the other sports."

Every sport has its worth - not just in physical and social benefits, but also morally in the ways it can offer people especially kids, a chance to experience a more balanced life, "self-control, sacrifice and loyalty toward others," he said, especially today when it seems "betrayal" is on the rise.

"Sometimes it happens that a boy or girl forgets about Mass, catechism because of work-outs and competition.  That is not a good sign" because it means they do not have their priorities right, he said.

"Studying, friends, serving the poor" also are important and should not be "neglected in order to do just one thing.  No. Everything together," he said.

Sports done right helps build a more caring, brotherly and just world that helps overcome "human and social disadvantage," the pope said.

Story written by Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

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