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Jennie Olson

Nicaragua Mission Changes Missionary Lives

The Latest Story from CYAS
Jennie had taken another mission trip to Guatemala when she was in college, but that experience was quite different. She said there was little interaction with the local people. She especially enjoyed the CYAS trip because the mission was all about interacting with the local community. The main focus of the CYAS mission was building relationships rather than "building a house," the usual focus of such mission trips. Many of her favorite memories are of playing games with the children in the villages. Although there was a language barrier, it was still easy to play the games. For Jennie, this was a great reminder that everyone is the same at their core.
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FAQs

CYAS is a 501c3 non-profit charity. Like nearly all charities we have a revenue generating side (e.g. red cross sells blood from blood drives) and a larger fundraising/charity side that helps us achieve our mission (Fellowship & Discipleship through Recreational Sports). CYAS'  revenue from leagues is not nearly enough to cover the expenses for a national outreach ministry. In fact, it isn't even enough after expenses for one full-time staff employee. Yet, we are a relational outreach organization, so we must spend a majority of our time planning leagues & social events, service projects, and activites that help us transition participants into discipleship with Jesus. Donations primarily serve our mission in these main areas:

  1. Expansion of our services in existing locations (including marketing for outreach and the development of formation programs)
  2. Expansion efforts (including our need for support staff and office space to build a national system - think league operation support, national marketing, donation processing and servicing, accounting, legal support, and expansion related travel and training systems)
  3. To cover players that receive free scholarships for playing in our leagues (10% of participants)
  4. To pay for our insurance cost (about $8,000/year and growing with each city)
The captain's deposit is just that, a deposit ensuring us of your teams participation in the league. It is non-refundable, because we get field time and schedule around your team being playable. Captains with unused deposits will normally be offered a league credit, if CYAS is notified before the end of registration that the captain's team will not be in the league.
 
Full refunds will be provided for any event that we cannot hold due to field scheduling conflicts, lack of interest, or any other cancellation of a league/event on our part.
 
If a player is injured and will miss the remainder of the league, we suggest they help recruit a permanent sub and ask them to subsidize their fees (please contact us so we are aware of the arrangements & injury, or for help finding possible replacements).
We wouldn't be "Catholic" Young Adult Sports if we weren't!
Several teams have both spouses playing and bring babies or kids to be watched by substitutes on the bench or by bringing a friend/relative spectator. Many captains will also let the couple share a team fee and just not play at the same time depending on if the team needs a man or woman.
DEFINITELY BRING THE KIDS OUT! ALL OF OUR SOCIALS ARE EVEN AT FAMILY FRIENDLY SPORTS BARS (unless otherwise specified)
The Catholic Church is not adverse to the use of alcohol by adults in moderation.In fact, it was customary for Jews to drink wine within religious celebrations and regularly with meals. Jesus himself made good wine abundant at the Wedding of Cana and ultimately transformed wine into the gift of his blood, which we receive at the Catholic mass offered daily. Therefore, we are comfortable with the casual and responsible enjoyment of alcohol and are not adverse to gathering after a game at the local family friendly sports bar for fellowship and to enjoy a drink, and/or meal, in moderation.
We do ask participants to please refrain from consumption during our leagues out of respect for our participants who are opposed to the consumption of alcohol, are underage, and to help us provide a good witness that their such a thing as healthy fun without the assistance of liquid spirits. The exception will be bowling leagues where alcohol is served by the venue, but still expected to be used in moderation.
JOIN AS A FREE AGENT! We'll place you on a team or create a team of other FAs for you. If you only have a few friends you want to play with you can also ask to be placed together with others on a team or have some FAs added to complete your team.