Who You Play Sports With Matters

Lauren Sullivan PhotoPaul Spotts, founder of Catholic Young Adult Sports (CYAS), is dedicated to making CYAS a place for young adults to grow in their faith through strong community.  The mission of CYAS has always been to bring people closer to God through community.  CYAS strives to welcome anyone who wants to be part of such a community through recreational sports and then invites them to take it deeper than just play.

Lauren Sullivan's story is a perfect example of the positive effects resulting from her involvement with CYAS. Before finding CYAS, Lauren felt that she was missing community.  She was raised as a Protestant, but converted to Catholicism at age 25.  After her conversion, she never felt that her faith was properly formed, and the lack of a Catholic community contributed to her falling away from the faith.  It was not until the first Sunday of Lent this past year that she found her way back to the Catholic Church.  During the service, she heard Deacon Jason Wunsch, who is now Father Jason, deliver the homily.  Lauren realized she had gone to high school with Jason and reached out to him via email.  Father Jason gave her some advice on which she still reflects.  He told her that when running toward Christ, she should look around and see who was running next to her.  Those were the people she should spend more time with. Based on his encouragement, she became involved with CYAS.

Lauren began to discover people she could run with, literally and spiritually, when she subbed for the CYAS Ultimate Frisbee Team in the spring.  She also became involved with several other Catholic young adult groups, but CYAS stood out mainly because of its kid-friendly and family-centered atmosphere.  Lauren has 2 young daughters, Kylie and Amy, and felt comfortable bringing them to different events sponsored by CYAS, starting with the CYAS brunch after the canonization Mass for St. John Paul II.  Since then, Lauren has increased her participation in CYAS.  She was a member of the volleyball team for two seasons, took a tour of Coors Brewery, attended a Pentecost retreat at Allenspark, went to Faith Day at the Rockies, and she currently participates in a small group and  volunteers for the Formation committee.

Lauren's outreach to CYAS made her realize the importance of staying involved with her Catholic community.  She points out that all young adults struggle with similar issues and CYAS provides a great support system.  She jokes that if she disappeared, someone from CYAS would come and find her.  CYAS also holds her accountable for upholding the principles of her faith, which she knows she needs.  "Without CYAS, it would have been harder to stay the course," Lauren said, in reference to her commitment to Catholicism.  She added that even for non-Catholics, CYAS is a great group because of the whole-hearted support its members give to one another.

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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.


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