CYO, organized on Long Island by the Most Reverend Gerald Ryan under the Diocese of Rockville Centre, has given to many thousands of young men and women an avenue to develop their knowledge of, skills in, and love for sports as they strengthen their character and develop self confidence. Many CYO athletes have gone on to play, coach, or officiate in high school, College, and Professional Athletics.
The CYO of Nassau & Suffolk born on September 1, 1993, continues this tradition by providing quality athletic programming while encouraging over 24,000 young people throughout Long Island, regardless of race, creed, or national origin, to see the talent and potential within them, and to develop these to their fullest ability.
With 95 parishes in Nassau & Suffolk Counties presently participating in various sports programs, the growth of the CYO of Nassau & Suffolk has expanded from 14, 516 children in 1991 to a new high of approximately 24,000 in 2010.. From St. Aloysius in Great Neck in the west, to Our Lady of the Isle on Shelter Island on the East End, CYO offers children from ages 6-18 sports programs which include Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Soccer, Swimming, Track, and Volleyball.
CYO and its members work together to promote good sportsmanship and fair play. Sportsmanship is the backbone of CYO. We affirm that the heart of CYO and the key to its success is found in the many volunteers who freely give of their time, energy, resources, and expertise. CYO continues to strongly maintain a commitment to Catholic values and excellence in sportsmanship
For the children of Long Island, CYO has been a standard for learning and experiencing team sports and recreation. The Athletic programs should be viewed as part of the faith building efforts of the participating members. These programs can be effective tools that will invite, welcome, and involve any person into the life of the faith community. The inter-relationship of CYO Athletics with family life, parish life, and school life is essential....