Staten Island Sweeps Titles

The Staten Island boys and girls track and field teams swept the CYO New York Track and Field Championships at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx on June 11.

The Staten Island boys finished with 412 points, followed by Westchester with 280. Manhattan and Bronx were third and fourth with 63 and 14, respectively.

The Staten Island girls collected 420 points, compared to Westchester’s 267, Manhattan’s 45 and the Bronx’s 27.

Next up is the AAU Track and Field Championships on July 11-15.


CYO Track Hitting Home Stretch

CYO New York’s outdoor track and field season is entering its championship portion of the schedule.

It all begins on Sunday with the County Championships, a 1 p.m. meet at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.

The athletes are off for two weeks before returning on the track on June 11 for the Archdiocese Championships at Mount St. Michael. Registration is 12:30 p.m. with the meet scheduled to start at 1.

Qualifying athletes will have the opportunity to compete at the Team CYO New York at Track Nationals at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World, July 10-15, and/or the AAU Junior Olympics in Detroit, July 29-Aug. 5.

Learn more here.

CYO Dinner — A Huge Success

Some 420 guests attended the 81st Annual CYO Club of Champions Tribute at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan, an event that raised over $500,000 for the archdiocese’s CYO program on May 2.

Over 26,000 participate in the CYO program with the help of more than 3,000 volunteers.

CYO honored five individuals:

— Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (CYO Hometown Hero and former CYO player for Our Lady of Mercy in Port Chester)

— Former Rutgers football player and now motivational speaker Eric LeGrand (Spirit of CYO Award)

— Two-time NBA All-Star and 2011 NBA champion with the Dallas Mavericks Caron Butler (Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award)

— Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award)

— Founder and CEO of Bruin Sports Capital George Pyne (Gold Medal Award)

Giants co-ower John Mara, Cardinal Dolan and Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan were among the speakers, and Chris Russo of the MLB Network and formerly of the Mike and Mad Dog Show emceed.

The Mara family was there as were members of the Giants and Nets.

My complete story, including comments from a press gathering with McAdoo, will be in the May 11 edition of Catholic New York.

Deadline Approaching for CYO Sportsmanship Award Nominees

The archdiocese’s CYO program is accepting parish nomination for its annual CYO Sportsmanship Award.

The award recognizes the work being done by a parish CYO sports program in the community and beyond. Interested individuals can submit a nomination letter highlighting the good work being done on and off the court by the sports program as well as supporting documents including photos, newspaper articles, letters of support and letters of donation. Read more here.

Email this information to Anthony Badger, manager of country programs, at Deadline is May 5 and the winner is being announced on May 19.

Previous winners were The Church of the Epiphany/The Epiphany School, Manhattan, 2015-2016; St. Martin de Porres, Poughkeepsie, 2014-2015; Sts. John and Paul Parish, Larchmont, 2013-2014; St. Patrick Parish, Armonk, 2012-2013 and St. Francis of Assisi, Newburgh, 2012-2013.

Tickets Available for CYO Club of Champions Dinner on May 2

Tickets are still available for the 81st Annual CYO Club of Champions Tribute dinner — presented by Catholic Youth Organization and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York — at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan on Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s honorees are George Pyne, Founder and CEO of Bruin Sports Capital (Gold Medal Award); Ben McAdoo, New York Giants Head Coach (John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award); Caron Butler, former NBA All-Star (Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award); Sean Kilpatrick, Brooklyn Nets (CYO Hometown Hero), and Eric LeGrand, inspirational collegiate athlete and author (Spirit of CYO Award).

Read here to reserve tickets and learn more about the event.