Katy and Kevin Teel are newcomers to CYAS and to the Catholic faith. Kevin recently went through the RCIA program in 2014, and Katy plans to start the program in September. The couple's journey to Catholicism was unexpected and inspiring, especially since they took it together. They both discovered a passion to learn more about the Catholic faith as a means to grow in their relationship to the Lord. Their story clearly indicates that God has a plan for them involving their transition to Catholicism.
Kevin and Katy met in 2005 and will have been married 5 years this August. After their wedding, they lived in Oakland, CA, and attended a non-denominational Protestant church. Three years after their wedding, Kevin started going to Mass during his lunch hour. His office overlooked the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Oakland, and he thought it was quite beautiful and found himself curious about the church. After he went to his first Mass, he confessed it felt weird in the beginning, but he also felt a connection to the Mass.
He began to research Catholicism and fell in love with it, especially the idea of the Eucharist. When he told Katy about the Catholic Church, she could see how drawn he was toward it and wanted to support him and discover the power of the faith with him. The transition was not without difficulties. Both Kevin and Katy enrolled in RCIA, but Katy did not feel she was ready and decided to wait before continuing in the program.
Both Kevin and Katy had strong ties to their non-denominational church, having built a community with the members of that church, and they were reluctant to leave that fellowship. As a result, they attended two church services every Sunday. They went to an early Mass and continued to their other church afterwards. Kevin made the point that even though he enjoyed being with the people at his other church; he missed the connection with Christ and the Eucharist, a connection he could only find at a Catholic Mass.
Katy and Kevin moved to Colorado last August in order to be closer to Katy's family. Katy grew up in Arvada, CO, and she and Kevin have reached the point where they would like to start a family of their own. They both agree that Colorado is a great place to raise a family. Now that they live here, they have committed themselves to the Catholic Church and are currently attending Mass at Christ the King, where they were introduced to CYAS.
They began playing Ultimate Frisbee this past March with the seminarian team. They added that their team ended up winning in the league, which was exciting for them. Both enjoyed playing Ultimate Frisbee and Kevin is now playing volleyball. Kevin likes the idea of combining sports with faith. Both he and Katy appreciated that everyone in CYAS was so welcoming. Kevin mentioned that in other leagues, if you made a mistake, you were criticized, but CYAS was different. Neither of them had to worry about making mistakes because everyone was extremely understanding.
Katy and Kevin also liked having the opportunity to meet new people through the CYAS community. Since moving to Colorado, it has been difficult to find the same kind of community they had in Oakland. Paul Spotts, the founder of CYAS, played a major role in getting the couple involved – having them over to his house for dinner, introducing them to his wife and children – which they greatly appreciate.
In the future, Katy and Kevin plan to continue to build strong friendships within CYAS. They are looking forward to more experiences with this community, specifically hoping to find a small group to join. Small groups are another way CYAS promotes community. In these groups, people usually meet to read the Bible and discuss important issues surrounding the Catholic faith. Kevin said that he does not have any family who are practicing Catholics, so he wants to find a community that will support both he and Katy in their faith, especially since they are taking active steps to start a family through adoption in the coming months.
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.