Missionary Angela Townsend Shares her Thirst to Help Others Grow in Holiness - by Kate Anderson 8-1-18
Angela Townsend Sees CYAS Outreach as a Fantastic Path to Form Others in Holiness

Theresa Francis Passes her First Year as a CYAS Missionary - by Kate Anderson 7-1-18
Theresa Francis Reflects on her Anniversary of Landing on Ground as a CYAS Missionary

St Thomas More the First Parish Partnership for CYAS - by Kate Anderson 8-1-17
Brett Manero shares his impression being the first parish partner with CYAS outreach

Christ in the City Missionary Makes an Impact on CYAS - by Kat Larson 2-1-17

Andrew Wilson encourages missionaries to participate with CYAS

Getting To Know CYAS Spiritual Advisor - by Kat Larson 11-13-16
Br. Mairesean excited about future with CYAS

Division I Athlete Becomes Disciplor, Bible Study Leader - by Kat Larson 10-4-16
Erin Kaminski's diverse background gives CYAS bible study's a fresh take

CYAS Brings People Together - by Kat Larson 6-29-16
Lou and Ashley Krupp credit CYAS for their key relationships

Meet the new CYAS intern from Germany: Becky Nowag - by Kat Larson 5-16-16
Becky's main focus is on the website and Facebook

You don't have to be Catholic to enjoy CYAS - by Kat Larson 3-9-16
Rok Keopangna an enthusiastic participant for six years

Fathers For Good 2-22-16: Sports in the Spirit 
Young Adult Group mixes Play and Prayer - Article by John Burger

CYAS Introduces a New Bible Study Format - by Kat Larson 2-23-16
Adam Henrichs, Matilda Asuza form first Bible study groups

CYAS Leaves a Lasting Impression - by Kat Larson 12-11-15 
Desirae Trujillo starts Virtue Challenge Team in Cheyenne

A Five-Year Journey - by Kat Larson 11-24-15 
CYAS celebrates its fifth year anniversary

CYAS Helps to Unite Families - by Kat Larson 9-29-15 
Twins Ciara and Shaun have enjoyed CYAS experience

CYAS Making Members For Life - by Kat Larson 9-15-15 
Michelle Zapapas has been playing sports with CYAS since the beginning

Catholic Courier 9-2-15: Good Sports:Young Adults Build Faith Community through Sports

Nathan Poe provides positive environment for young adults in San Diego - Article by Denis Grasska via Catholic News Service

Mission trip leaves special memories for Missionaries - by Kat Larson 7-29-15
CYAS Denver, San Diego go on Mission to Nicaragua for second consecutive year

CYAS teams up with Christ in the City ministry - by Kat Larson 7-3-15
James Fernandez connects with the poor on the Denver streets

Newcomers to CYAS fall in love with Catholic faith - by Kat Larson 5-23-15
Unexpected journey brings Kevin and Katy closer to God

Deacon, Seminarian Believe Sports is a Tool to Foster Catholic Community - by Kat Larson 4-22-15
CYAS gives Deacon Joe, Seminarian John Paul community outside seminary

CYAS Welcomes Newest Missionary - by Kat Larson 3-11-15
Calling from God leads Kate Anderson to CYAS

Friendships Elemental to CYAS Mission - by Kat Larson 3-10-15
Best friends meet through Catholic Young Adult Sports

SDSU Skulltec Converted by Catholic Young Adult Sports - by Kat Larson 12-12-14
Joseph Enright, the man behind Skulltecthe SDSU fan icon, has a transformative experience through CYAS San Diego

Why we don't Go on Mission to "Do" Something - by Kat Larson 10-15-14
Fr. Scott Bailey, Denver, and Nola Nackerud, Nicaragua, talk about how the first CYAS mission trip was life changing

Who You Play Sports with Matters - by Kat Larson 9-15-14
Lauren Sullivan finds a community to play with and pray with in CYAS Denver

God is Just a Google Search Away - by Amanda Barrell 2-1-13
Google has brought many participants to CYAS, but few light up the room like Catherine Warner of Denver

DENVER CATHOLIC REGISTER 11-13-13: Seeking to Grow in VIrtue Try the Buddy System
Virtue Challenge Teams help CYAS members grow in virtue and friendship

CATHOLIC HERALD 8-19-11: Sports League Targets Catholic Young Adults
Catholic Sports League wants to expand to Colorado Springs

BUSTED HALO 8-5-11: Interview With President Paul Spotts (MP3)
President of CYAS Paul Spotts had a radio interview with Busted Halo

SERRA CLUB NEWSLETTER 6-12-11: Speaker of the Day
Paul speaks about restoring Catholic community to members of the Serra Club.

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.