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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 buzzswanston@archstl.org 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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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.

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