The mission of the Catholic Youth Apostolate is to help all young people hear and actively respond to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and enthusiastically participate in the life and mission of Jesus Christ and His Church.

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St. Francis Cabrini VB team receives RAS

During a game at St. Ambrose gym, a player on St. Ambrose team was injured, and at the time looked to be serious.  The opponents, the St. Francis Cabrini 6th grade girls team, coached by Tom Coriell showed their respect by taking a knee.  The parents of the injured player perceived that as amazing sportsmanship  and class.  In addition the coaches and parents were wonderful as well, making sure the injured player was alright and offering any assistance they could give.  While it may seem like their act of kindness might be considred normal behavior, it was a huge display to the parents of the injured player.  The player is OK and recovering from her injury.  These parents want to be sure the St. Francis Cabrini team receives a Random Act of Sportmanship (RAS).  The parish should be proud of their amazing children, coaches and parents.

If you see a RAS by a player, team, coach, official or fans, please send a brief email describing the act to so we can recognize that sportsmanship.  We believe Good Sportsmanship makes Great Sports!

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...and a team chooses Sportsmanship!

We would like to thank soccer official Tom Schmittgens for submitting this Random Act of Sportsmanship (RAS) he witnessed.  He officiated a 6th grade girls game between Immaculate Conception-Dardenne and Assumption-O'Fallon.  ICD has a player, Shelly, with Downs Syndrome.  The Assumption coaches and the officials were informed before the game that at times she may run on or off the field.  The Assumption coaches, Kevin Kratzer and Tom Reiter, let the ICD coaches know that would not be a problem.  Twice in the game the Assumption players allowed Shelly to dribble the ball from the middle of the field to the goal.  Her first shot hit the goalie and was played away.  Shelly's second shot scored a goal!  Upon scoring, Shelly did two cartwheels!

After the game, the ICD coach called both teams over, thanked the girls and the coaches from Assumption for setting aside their competitive nature to make a memory for shelly that she will always remember.  Tom Schmittgens, the official said, "It is my belief that Shelly will not be the only one from this game that will always remember the events of the day."

Congratulations to the Assumption team and coaches and thanks to the ICD coach for sharing his comments following the game.  The Assumption team has earned themselves a RAS they should be very proud of.  Thank you for putting Sportsmanship first, as it should be at all CYC games.

Random Acts of Sportsmanship - September Edition

     We encourage all officials, coaches and fans to keep an eye out for Good Sportsmanship at CYC games.  When you see a Random Act of Sportsmanship (RAS), please send an email to so we can recognize that player, coach, team, official or fan.  We believe these RAS happen every day a CYC game is played and we want to recognize them and encourage all to display RAS in every game.

     Ava Mirth, a soccer player on St. Norbert's 5th grade team, has been recognized by an official for her sportsmanship in a recent soccer game.  Ava is a talented player and early in the game, she scored 3 quick goals.  She could have easily scored many more the rest of the game.  But instead worked to pass the ball to teammates and give them the opportunity to score.  Not all of her passes resulted in goals for her team, but she was willing to pass to her teammates instead of taking all the shots herself.  Thank you to Ava for looking outside yourself and displaying such good sportsmanship.  In the words of the referee, "It is nice to see sportsmanship like this when we constantly hear about bad sportsmanship from players, coaches and fans at youth games.  It's nice to see that these kids know what CYC is all about."

     An opposing coach nominated the St. Joseph-Imperial 8th grade volleyball team coached by Patti Collins for a RAS.  She said, "My team only had 6 players, and both teams worked very had in all 3 closely contested sets.  In the 3rd game, one of our girls twisted an ankle and had to come out of the and cheer from the bench.  After the match ended, the girls shook hands at the net, then all the St. Joe players ran over to our bench and shook the hand of our injured player and each one wished her a quick recovery.  I thought that was a great act of Christianity and sportsmanship, especially considering St. Joe just lost a hard fought match.  Our player has a severe ankle sprain and may not be able to play the rest of the year.  She may not remember this act of kindness, but I will not soon forget it.  It is great to see we have such acts in the CYC."

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