Friendships Elemental to CYAS Mission

Sam Natalie3When first meeting Sam (Samantha) Baird and Natalie Miller, one would think they had been friends their entire lives.  A person could even believe they were sisters!  It's a shock to learn they have only known each other since June of 2014.  They officially met at the first CYAS spiritual retreat held at that time, though their mothers had worked together for 15 years, trying to convince their daughters to get together.  Sam admits that both families all went to a movie once, but she can't remember what happened and neither can Natalie. It was the CYAS retreat that finally introduced them to each other and created a bond that is truly unbreakable between them.  Watching Sam and Natalie interact now, their closeness is obvious.  Throughout their interview, they finished each other's sentences, answered each other's questions, always joking back and forth.  Clearly, God must always have intended them to be friends.

Before the CYAS retreat, Sam and Natalie both confess they weren't at the best place in their lives.  Natalie said the year before the retreat was consumed by her work, and she had no life outside of it.  Sam was finishing school, working three different jobs, and trying to spend time with her family.  Neither one had any sort of social life.  They were not very interested in attending the CYAS retreat; it took their mothers' prodding to get them to go. Sam and Natalie both expected to encounter preformed social cliques at the retreat.  To their surprise, the retreat was very different--they met each other and several new people all of them new to the CYAS community as well.  All the retreat participants were seeking community and fellowship.  Sam and Natalie remarked on how genuine everyone was and how refreshing it was to be in a Catholic environment.  Sam added that in her other friendships religion was usually swept under the rug to avoid awkwardness.  It was exciting to talk openly and honestly about her faith with people of similar minds.

After the CYAS retreat, Sam and Natalie were driven to participate more in the CYAS community.  Natalie took the initiative of collecting phone numbers and emails on the retreat, so everyone could keep in contact afterwards.  Playing various games at the retreat led Natalie to organize game nights.  Sam and Natalie eventually combined efforts to have a game night at least once a month.  Both are also involved in CYAS sports leagues--starting with Ultimate Frisbee.  Natalie was hesitant at first, but Sam was determined she was going to play.  Both of them attend small group meetings as well, which are basically times to reflect and concentrate on faith and scripture.

CYAS helps young adults emerge from a comfort bubble, after high school or college graduation, where community is easily accessible. After leaving that bubble of reliable community support, Sam and Natalie are concerned that many people lose their faith lives. In fact, recent studies have shown that they are right, estimates say that nearly 79% of young adults leave Catholicism to become “unaffiliated” by age 23 according to Sherry Weddell’s research in her book Forming Intentional DisciplesCYAS provides a strong support system and helps create lasting friendships that continue to grow as young adults find their way through life. Sam and Natalie are a perfect example of such a friendships fostered by CYAS. 

When asked about their future goals for CYAS, Natalie says she intends to be a "permanent leech."  She loves being involved in every event CYAS sponsors and plans to stay involved even when she might not be considered a "young adult."  Sam has joined the marketing committee and wants CYAS to grow.  She has a passion for networking and reaching out to people.  These passions make her a great advocate for CYAS and its mission of faith-based community.  Both Sam and Natalie strongly believe in CYAS and its ministry.  "There are always new people in the group," Sam declares. They want to encourage anyone hesitant about getting involved to check it out anyway.

 

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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