It was a pleasure to interview a recent addition to the CYAS family, Kate Anderson. Kate was introduced to the CYAS team in January by the creator and founder of CYAS, Paul Spotts, as a missionary. Although Kate admits she doesn't have much missionary experience, her enthusiasm and passion for the work are evident. She has clearly been called by God to do this work and is humbled by the opportunity to share the CYAS mission with others.
Kate received a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Spanish from Metro State University. After getting her degree, she headed to Laramie, WY where she worked as a copy editor. She then found a job back in Colorado for Colorado Community Media and ended up as a sports editor. Kate also worked for the Boulder Daily Camera as a page designer for 8 months just before becoming a missionary for CYAS. While she felt she had found stability and job security in the field of journalism, she believed God had another path for her life. Before she got married last July she went through marriage prep classes. During these classes, she went through a serious conversion of faith. She wanted to be a better Catholic. She read several inspiring books, listened to CDs, and went to confession for the first time in 10 years. In April of 2014, Kate visited her sister in Madison, WI, who was serving as a FOCUS missionary. Kate was able to see the lifestyle of a missionary through her sister's work and found herself simply feeling better while she was there. When she returned to Colorado, she realized she wanted more of that feeling and came to the conclusion that God wanted her to become a missionary.
Kate found CYAS through Facebook, but she applied for the missionary position through CatholicJobs.com. When she met Paul and heard about the mission of CYAS, she was excited to start work. She felt this call from God for about a year and was eager to make sharing Christ with people her full time job. She believed she would be able to learn a great deal from Paul and admired how he has been able to grow CYAS. She also saw a great opportunity to help in Paul's mission. Kate does admit to being nervous starting this job because the majority of the job description involves fundraising, and the only fundraising experience she has was in high school for her youth group. Kate also said she worries that people will not understand her message or that she will not be able to explain the mission of CYAS well. As she continues to fundraise, however, she is getting more comfortable. It increases her confidence when she receives positive responses to her fundraising efforts and is gratified for the support of CYAS. Kate remarked that in a way her B.A. in journalism helped her to prepare for this job since her main strategy for fundraising is storytelling. She uses her story of conversion to help strengthen the mission of CYAS.
Overall, Kate is growing stronger in her position at CYAS. She believes in the CYAS message and is eager to get more involved with the CYAS community. She has a passion to grow CYAS because she knows how easy it is for young adults to fall away from the Catholic faith after college since it happened to her. Kate is looking forward to doing more with the CYAS community and hearing more stories about how people came to be part of CYAS.
Anyone who would like to help Kate with her fundraising pursuits or to give her a welcoming message can contact her by email: . Please keep her in your prayers as she continues to fundraise for CYAS.
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:
- To cover players that receive free scholarships for playing in our leagues (10% of participants)
- Expansion of our services in existing locations (including marketing for outreach and the development of formation programs)
- 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)
- To pay for our insurance cost (about $10,000/year and growing as we grow)
- The ongoing formation, training and community building among our missionaries. They need to be loved in order to continue sharing His love
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.
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)
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.