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Spirit Games - 2017 Basketball

Olympic Sportsmanship

Two stories of Olympic Sportsmanship are examples of how Sportsmanship fits in even at the highest levels of competition.


Their on-track collision ended their hopes for gold, silver, or bronze at the Olympics. But their sportsmanship at that moment will earn American Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin an Olympic medal given to a rare few.

Not even the great Michael Phelps has one.

D’Agostino and Hamblin were running in their 5,000 meter preliminary heat when they tripped over one another. D’Agostino helped Hamblin to her feet. Then the two made sure they were OK before continuing.

D’Agostino tore her ACL in the crash and barely finished, encouraged across the finish line by Hamblin.

The moving moment has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee, which is awarding the pair the Pierre de Coubertin medal – also known as the International Fair Play Committee Award --- (That's like an Olympic Random Act of Sportsmanship Award!)  according to multiple reports. It’s only been awarded 17 times in Olympic history.

Hamblin won a protest and was able to run in the final, finishing last. D’Agostino’s injury knocked her out of the Games.  (Story by Travis Pittman, KING)

(Thanks to Solomon Alexander of the St. Louis Sports Commission for the next story.)

     Piotr Malachowski won a silver medal representing his native Poland in the discus during the Rio Olympics. His was one of 11 won by the country. Making your country's Olympic team is a dream come true. Winning a medal is on a different plane of accomplishment entirely.
     On Tuesday, Malachowski auctioned his medal to Poland's richest family. He didn't do it for himself, though. There are no big houses, stretch limousines or extravagant trips in Malachowski future.
He auctioned his medal away to save the sight and the life of 3-year-old Olek Szymanski. Young Olek has retinoblastoma (eye cancer) and the surgery he needs costs $126,000. A charitable organization in Poland had already raised one-third of the money, but the effort required one more, big heave - something that could only come from one of the best discus throwers in the world.
     "We were able to show that together we can do wonders," Malachowski wrote on his Facebook page. "My silver medal today is worth a lot more than a week ago. It is worth the life and health of small Olek. It is our great shared success."
     It's often said the great ones make others around them better. While discus throwing is very much an individual endeavor, Malachowski used his considerable strength and skill to make a child's life better. And for that, he is elevated higher than any medal stand could place him.


2nd Annual EDVB Tourney a success

Ninety-Eight girls and boys teams from 5th - 8th grade competed in the 2nd Annual Eileen Doherty Volleyball Tournament this past Saturday - Tuesday.  The tournament is a memorial to Eileen Doherty, the former volleyball director at Sacred Heart-Valley Park and former South Central District Volleyball Chairperson.  She would have enjoyed seeing all those girls and boys in the gym enjoying themselves.

The tournament awards two $1000 scholarships to high school freshmen (1 girl and 1 boy) who win the essay contest entitled "The Role CYC Sports has played in my Life".  This year's winners are Megan Zoellner, a freshman at Cor Jesu and Ethan Joly, a freshman at St. Louis University High School.  Congratulations to those two winners, and all the teams that participated in a wonderful tournament.

Plus a large shout out to all the volunteers, including many officials, who honored their fellow VB referee, Eileen, by donating their time.

Youth Soccer Night Sunday August 28 - SLU Women vs Illinois


On August 28th Saint Louis University Women's Soccer will be hosting their Youth Soccer Night and St. Louis University would like to invite all CYC Soccer players to the game. We are able to extend the offer to CYC Soccer players 7th grade and under FREE admission into the game, if they wear their CYC Soccer jersey to the game. For players 8th grade, coaches, family and friends we created a discounted group ticket for $4.00. For individuals interested in purchasing the $4.00 ticket they can CLICK HERE to purchase tickets and enter the promo code YSN016, if anyone needs assistance they can call the Billiken Ticket Office at 314-977-4SLU or visit .

Soccer Teams - local Universities looking for YOU!


Both St. Louis University and Lindenwood University are looking for ball boys and girls for their Men's and Women's home soccer games.  They need at least 8 players from ages 7 through 14.  Lindenwood is also looking for teams to play at halftime of their games.  Click on the links below to see their home schedules and more details.


This is a first come, first serve opportunity.

If your team would like to participate at SLU contact Bryton Curtis at

If your team would like to participate at Lindenwood contact Andrew Hill at

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