About Us

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Since the early days of our Youth Organization, more than 50,000 of young boys and girls have played on teams or have participated in one of the many other activities we have made available over the years for Catholic School and Parishes in the Minneapolis Area.

We believe our Program provides an important link between young people and their Parishes through athletic and academic events and that it is an extension of the Catholic Classroom where children are thought the values of sportsmanship and the meaning of integrity.

As these young student athletes who have been a part of M.C.Y.O. take their place along side the many who have gone before them, it is our hope that their involvement in our program will help them to one day take their place as responsible and caring members of the Catholic Community in which they live.

We are proud of our Program and grateful for the many dedicated men and women who help to make it work…member of the M.C.Y.O. Board of Directors, Coaches, Athletic Associations, Principals, Pastors, Parents and our Officials, without whose help we would not be able to continue this work on behalf of our young people.

Philosophy of the MCYO

The primary goal of the MCYO is to help provide the link between the youth of the Minneapolis area and their parish through academic as well as athletic activities. We believe our program must be an extension of the Catholic classroom where children are taught the values of sportsmanship and the meaning of integrity through team and individual events.

In addition, our program provides men and women within the parish, an opportunity to work closely with the children in the capacity of coaching, managing, supervising and many of the other needed areas in order to make a youth program not just exist, but excel.

Basic Christian principles and a code of conduct which all or our coaches, participants and spectators must abideby, helps to make ours a program that is both unique and positive. The ideas of fairness, honesty, teamwork and respect are not just buzz words in competitive activities in the MCYO program – they are the foundation upon which this youth organization was built and the main reason MCYO has been successful and in existence for many years.

Twice a year we gather together as a Catholic community to give thanks for all the blessings received at the communion mass and awards breakfast held at the church of Ascension. It is here that we celebrate the many ways we truly are a family.

It is our hope that all who are part of the MCYO will take with them the knowledge that they have been part of something special, because they are special.

Jeff Cerisier