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As the Catholic Youth Council we take pride in our long tradition of providing children through out the St. Louis area with the opportunities to compete with their parish and friends in a variety of sports. For more than 75 years the CYC has been a ministry of the Catholic Church in St. Louis, sponsoring Archdiocesan playoffs, recognizing league, district and area wide champions.

In addition to recognizing winners of games we feel it is imperative for the CYC to search for and recognize acts of sportsmanship at our athletic events. As a Catholic organization we must train our children to display their Christian values in all parts of their lives, especially during athletic competition. In an effort to recognize and reward sportsmanship among CYC participants, the Random Act of Sportsmanship (RAS) program was initiated in 2009.

We ask everyone to get involved with this program by keeping your eyes open for those Random Acts of Sportsmanship by players, coaches, officials and fans. Then report them to the CYC Office.

Simply send an email describing the act to: RAS@cycstl.net


2018 Basketball RAS

A Classy & Generous Gesture by a CYC Coach

The latest RAS is about one coach's small act that impacted many:

St. Joseph-Manchester’s 8th Grade girls basketball team was scheduled to play its final game (ever again) at St. Clement. As the coach and players were warming up and getting set to do battle, St. Clement Coach Ryan Beller approached and asked if this was the St. Joe’s team’s last game. He said that he had purchased roses with ribbons in the school colors tied to them for the St. Joe's girls to give to their moms prior to the game.

In the words of another coach: “All I can say is WOW, what a classy and generous gesture by Coach Beller. In my humble opinion Coach Beller showed the girls, me, parents, and everyone in the gym Saturday what CYC sports are supposed to be about, and I thank and applaud him!!

A RAS for Coach Brian Hansen and the Ste. Genevieve du Bois’ 4th Grade Basketball Team

Near the beginning of the season, St. Gerard Majella’s 4th grade team, coached by Jim Temprano played Ste. Genevieve du Bois’ 4th Grade team, headed by Coach Hansen. SGM was winning the game by about 8 points when Ste. Genevieve’s coach noticed that SGM was struggling a bit compared to the other kids on his team. Coach Hansen came over to the SGM bench with about 1:30 left in the 4th quarter and said, “Let’s see if we can get that player a basket.”

He then called a time-out to inform his team to not guard the SGM player and to give Coach Temprano some time to draw something up for his player. Coach Hansen’s team allowed the SGM players to make an easy pass to that particular player in the paint and allowed him to get an uncontested shot off. The shot did not go in, so Ste. Genevieve allowed SGM players to get about four more rebounds so they could keep passing the ball back to that player. He was able to get about four more shots off.

Unfortunately, he didn’t get the basket, but he got to shoot it more than he has ever been able to in the past. SGM has drawn up plays for this player in the past, but the defense is usually too fast for him to get a shot off so his shots almost always get blocked. It was a really nice gesture by Coach Hansen and the whole St. Genevieve du Bois’ 4th Grade Team!!

A RAS for Chase Foelsch, 5th Grader from St. Cletus AND St. Cletus 5th Grade Coach Branson

Prior to a game on January 13, 2018 when St. Cletus played against St. Theodore, Chase Foelsch, a 5th Grader from St. Cletus, was asked to lead the prayer. Rather than leading the teams, coaches, fans, and officials in the Our Father or the Hail Mary, Chase said his own prayer asking God to bless both schools and keep them safe during play, among other petitions. It was very moving and all present were quite impressed with Chase. Chase’s coach, Aaron Branson, is a big part of this as well as he works very hard to foster a sense of faith and friendship among his team.

A RAS for Holy Infant Coach Miller and His 5th Grade Basketball Team (from a fan)

I’m not sure if all of you are ‘familiar’ with my attendance at St. Clare basketball games, but I am basically in our gym for around 90% of all games played there the last two seasons. I would say, in general, that most of the CYC teams demonstrate decent sportsmanship, but this weekend I saw a truly outstanding example of sportsmanship and just overall “Christian” value application during what could have been a really contentious battle in our 5th Grade C Division.

The Holy Infant Team lead by Coach Miller was a true pleasure to watch and to see how those players went out of their way to help up St. Clare players that hit the floor, gave “high fives” to the opposing players when one of the Clare players made a good play, and went over to see if an opposing player was okay after an especially hard (but legal) pick. The Holy Infant team had 3 coaches on the bench, and I heard all three emphasize sportsmanship to their players more than a few times.

I want to publicly recognize that team and coaching staff for a unique and distinguished performance. It was refreshing and impressive.

A RAS for Coach Claudia Brauss and her St. Richard's 4th Grade Boys Basketball Team

We'd like to give a shout out to Claudia Brauss and St. Richard’s for what we understand was and continues to be a great show of sportsmanship. A boy on a Holy Infant team broke his arm badly one Saturday night. Claudia and her team have reached out to the player, family, coach, and team with thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. We see plenty of evidence of the true Christian values on the CYC Basketball court!!