CYAS Brings People Together

Lou Ashley

Lou and Ashley Krupp have played active roles in CYAS since it started. They both credit CYAS for playing a major part in building key relationships in their lives, the most important being their own! Lou and Ashley got to know each other at the CYAS Christmas party in 2010, and their relationship developed through common young adult gatherings. They both attended the same young adult Masses and participated in various CYAS sports leagues:  wiffleball, ultimate, softball, and kickball.  "Sports provided a good excuse to see each other," Lou remarked with a smile. He and Ashley officially started dating in 2011 and married on January 30, 2016.

Lou and Ashley entered the CYAS community very differently. Ashley is a Colorado native and worked with FOCUS for six years, so she was familiar with Denver's young adult community. She joined the CYAS volunteer committee and helped recruit commissioners. She also co-led swing dance classes. Lou came to Denver from Chicago; he debated between Washington, D.C. and Denver because both had strong young adult communities. He finally decided on Denver, packed his bags and moved without any job or plan in place. He trusted that God would provide, and God did. Not only did he find a job as an accountant, but he also met Paul Spotts, the founder CYAS. Paul was looking for a treasurer to serve on the board for CYAS and Lou agreed to fill that role.  He also started playing dodgeball.

Lou and Ashley are still involved in CYAS. Lou has probably captained a team for every league in CYAS and continues to do so. Ashley is always the "unofficial" team member on whatever sports league he is captaining. They have played on separate teams and on the same teams. Both agree that it is more fun to be on the same team. They are each very competitive, so they like working together as opposed to playing against each other. They strongly believe in CYAS and the effect it has had on the young adult community. “Sports is a great way to get people to connect,” they said. They are less self-conscious on a sports field, which makes it easier for them to socialize. This also allows young people to become more familiar with the Catholic Church in a fun setting. Ashley and Lou describe CYAS as "fun, authentic, Christ-centered and evangelistic." They have met several close friends in CYAS and even Ashley's maid of honor played in several leagues together. It is clear that Lou and Ashley have found relationships that will last a lifetime. They strongly encourage anyone thinking about joining CYAS to do it! Who knows who you might meet?!

 

 

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FAQs

CYAS is a 501c3 non-profit charity, meaning donations are tax-deductible to the degree allowed by law. Like nearly all charities we have a revenue generating side through our sports leagues (e.g. red cross sells blood from blood drives) and a larger fundraising/charity side that is the heart of why we do the sports (discipleship through Bible studies, retreats, and mission trips). 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. Donations primarily serve our mission in these main areas:

  1. To cover players that receive free scholarships for playing in our leagues (10% of participants)
  2. Expansion of our services in existing locations (including marketing for outreach and the development of formation programs)
  3. 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)
  4. To pay for our insurance cost (about $10,000/year and growing as we grow)
  5. The ongoing formation, training and community building among our missionaries. They need to be loved in order to continue sharing His love
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).

Free agents and donations are non-refundable. Credits may be given to free agents for leagues, if they notify us before registration closes.

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. Couples may also free agent and join a team in this method, just contact us if you plan on rotating play and want a discounted team fee.

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 healthy fun community can exist without the assistance of liquid spirits.

It is CYAS policy that during CYAS events, where alcohol is allowed, only beer and wine may be consumed, no hard liquor or mixed drinks.

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.
CYAS has a strategic plan of national growth to reach young adults, evangelize through Bible studies and retreats, and provide awesome kick butt sport leagues, social events and mission trips. We have a hurdle though...missionary staff! We are praying for the Lord of the Harvest to provide laborers. If you know someone interested please send them to this link and suggest they apply to discern with us: www.catholicyoungadultsports.com/career