CYAS Helps to Unite Families
Ciara Clyncke is a newcomer to Catholic Young Adult Sports; she just started playing volleyball this summer. She was looking for a way to get involved with young adults like herself in the Denver area as well as a good Catholic community to join. It was her twin brother Shaun who brought her into the CYAS community. He had recently moved back to Colorado after some time away working for FOCUS. He wound up joining a volleyball team after going to a trivia night with a friend and meeting a volleyball team captain in the process of recruiting players.
Ciara and Shaun have enjoyed their experiences so far and look forward to becoming more involved as more opportunities present themselves. Ciara is already excited to join a wiffleball team this fall. She would also love to participate in a Bible study group. Ciara looks forward to spending more quality time with her brother in these activities. She made the comment that she did not always appreciate her family the way she does today. It was not until she left home for college that she realized how truly important her family was to her. Her grandmother passed away last February, which helped remind her how strong her family was. She loved seeing her family unite and work together. She especially admired her grandfather and how much he relied on his faith as he grieved the passing of his wife. Family is now a priority for Ciara, and she is grateful to live closer to home after her time away in college and working in Fort Morgan for a horse trainer. When she first came home, she discovered how much she missed having her brother around. Looking back at their time apart, Ciara believes it brought them closer together and that they now have a stronger relationship.
CYAS Volleyball was the first team Ciara and Shaun were on together. Both are very competitive, and Ciara commented that being a part of the CYAS league definitely helped them relax a bit and enjoy the game as opposed to always focusing on the drive to win. Ciara appreciates that CYAS lacks the cutthroat competitive nature that most sports league have. CYAS gives her and Shaun the chance to meet people who are the same age and share the same faith. The community CYAS has created makes it easy to meet new people and develop new relationships, which helps Ciara since she can be somewhat shy.
CYAS can build friendships, but it can also build family relationships. Ciara joked that it was fun playing volleyball with her brother and that they used their twin intuition to help score for their team. When asked what she would say to someone wondering whether to get involved with CYAS, she simply said, "come for one night and CYAS will sell itself."