CYAS Brings People Together
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?!