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Angela Townsend

Spreading the Thirst for Holiness

The Latest Story from CYAS - by Kate Anderson
“I really wanted to do something that spoke to my faith, spoke to that being the center of my life,” Townsend said. “I played sports my whole life and was really involved in the student activities council at my college, so this missionary work had everything in one.”
One of the biggest challenges but more rewarding experiences for Townsend with CYAS was the fundraising. She said it was the hardest thing she’s ever done, however she’d do it all over again for what she got out it. Townsend saw how present God was and appreciated all the meaningful conversations she had with people.
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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.
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.

Key People Bios

A native of California, Fr. John Ignatius has served high school and university students as a teacher, campus minister, evangelist, spiritual director, and priest chaplain. He has directed retreats and spiritual exercises around the country, and helped train missionaries for FOCUS, Life Teen, and Catholic Youth Summer Camps. He also created Patriarch, a biblical formation program for men.
Robby Joseph graduated from Franciscan University with a major in Theology and has been involved in a multitude of ministries through his collegiate years (i.e. LifeTeen; Steubenville Conferences). Robby has a passion for his faith and intends to serve the Church for the rest of his life. He is always ready and willing to make a fool of himself for the sake of the kingdom. His hobbies include music, volleyball, a devotion to St. Ignatius, and praying to God (AMDG y'all).
John Oglesby is the father of two grown children and is engaged to Vickie Dyer. John is the CEO of a mobile payment company (MobileNOW) and also serves as a parking and transportation consultant to many professional sports leagues. He is also involved with several start-ups and growing organizations, an inventor and an entrepreneur. John attended Catholic schools thru High School, and has been very active nationally with his fraternity foundation and other nonprofits, focused on paying it forward through leadership, mentorship, and creating connections. He is a lifelong Dallas Cowboys & Denver Broncos fan. Yes, both. He has also been to ten (10) Superbowls, one Olympics, and about a dozen World Series games.
Lisa Stoughton is a seasoned bookkeeper and financial controller. In addition to her professional career, Lisa has served the church for over 15 years in a variety of roles including youth ministry and bookkeeping and most recently as a volunteer with her children's Catholic school. She and her husband Sean live in Denver and have four children.
Art Nutter is married to Katheleen Nutter and father of eight children. He founded TAEUS International Corporation in 1992 as the world’s first engineering company dedicated exclusively to intellectual property. It has since expanded internationally and Art remains as the acting CEO. He is also active on many non-profit Boards. Art has played amateur-pro racquetball and he also enjoys elk-hunting.
Paul Spotts has spent over a decade in relational evangelization ministry, four years of which were in campus ministry with various universities. In 2010, he started Catholic Young Adult Sports after two months of trying to avoid the calling. God’s tug and giving the Lord just an inch has been a work of trying to reach the underserved young adult population ever since. His vision for Catholic Young Adult Sports started with just building community, the key building block to evangelization, but after watching young adults struggle with little leadership and poor formation opportunities, it expanded to give a full path of Catholic discipleship through retreat, mission trips and Bible studies. The sports remain the draw for participation for thousands of Catholics and non-Catholics every year. The vision is large, young adult community everywhere. Every young adult should have a sense of belonging in the Church and a community to encourage them in their faith. He loves playing just about every sport, but especially the ones that he can bring his family to.
Patrick Rivera has been serving the church across the country for over a decade as a Youth, Junior High, Young Adult, and Adult Minister as well as a Worship Leader, FOCUS Missionary and Team Director, Conference Speaker, and most recently as the Director of the Office for Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Diego. He and his wife Margot have four daughters under the age of six.
Theresa Francis graduated from Christendom College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in History. She is from a family of ten children, and is blessed with a large extended family as well. After working as an Event Manager for almost three years since graduation, Theresa has recently been promoted to a national director role with CYAS, so she can poor out her love on the missionaries so they have more loving to give to others. She loves riding horses, outdoor adventures, and sports of all kinds.
Angela was raised in Front Royal, Virginia and is from a family of 9 children. She graduated from Christendom College in May 2017 with a degree in philosophy. During college, she helped out at the local pregnancy center, got involved in mission trips, played collegiate volleyball, and led the Student Activities Council as Student Body President. Angela is a CYAS missionary that directs our diocese wide outreach in Denver.
Gunnar Syversen hails from the "greatest state of Texas", he is a flat earth denier and most definitely not 6'5, but he hides that well, as hobbits do. Being wonderfully normal he comes from a small family of seven brothers and sisters, and he is proud to say he knows all of their names. He graduated from the balmy campus of Ave Maria University in 2015. Gunnar has joined CYAS with the unofficial title of "The Best Missionary" and will be heading up our partnership with St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial, CO. A few of his favorite things are not long walks on the beach, donuts, and Ed Sheeran, but the game of charades, rugby, and adoration. Te Deum Laudamus
Belle is a recent graduate of UCSD with a degree in Communications. She has been involved with the church ever since she was confirmed in 2011. She has been a youth leader, a retreat leader and spends most of her Sunday’s singing Praise and Worship at her hometown parish. She enjoys making people laugh, being goofy, and bringing people closer to God.
Anna Mann is a proud Midwestern Native born in St. Paul, MN. She graduated from the University of Mary in the other windy city, of Bismarck, North Dakota in 2017 with a major in Psychology and minor in Theology. She loves going for a hike in the mountains with her husband, Brenden, boat rides on any of the 10,000 lakes in MN, building ridiculously huge snow-forts in the winter, and saying “you-betcha’” to any person recognizing her Minnesota accent. Anna is also excited to bring others to authentic relationship with Jesus through the CYAS ministry in the Chicago area, one person at a time!
James Palen came to Catholic Young Adult Sports (CYAS) in June 2018 after a decade of accomplishments in his award-winning career as a journalist and public and media relations specialist, focused on sports, business and public water policy communications. A journalism graduate of San Diego State University, he was raised in the San Diego area in the Catholic faith and embraced it interiorly from a young age. But like many young adults, he struggled with guilt from not adhering to what he knew was right, and fell away from Mass attendance, a full following of Catholic moral teaching, and active participation in the faith for more than 10 years before being called back into the Church in 2013. In May of 2018 after resigning from his public relations position, he felt God's will leading him into the CYAS ministry with a special intent to bring his journalism and PR skills with him. In his free time, James loves participating in and watching sports, kayaking, enjoying the outdoors, eating cookies and has an affinity for photography. He competes annually in a 340-mile kayak race across Missouri and hopes to continue doing so as long as God continues blessing him with the ability. "Jesus I trust in You!"