August 12, 2011

Involvement in CYO sports continues to be on the rise

As the executive director of the archdiocese’s Catholic Youth Organization, Ed Tinder talks to the runners who competed in the CYO Cross Country Meet in Indianapolis in October of 2010. (Submitted photo)

As the executive director of the archdiocese’s Catholic Youth Organization, Ed Tinder talks to the runners who competed in the CYO Cross Country Meet in Indianapolis in October of 2010. (Submitted photo)

The involvement of children and young people in the archdiocese’s Catholic Youth Organization activities has increased tremendously from 1988 to 2011.

The number of boys’ and girls’ basketball teams has jumped from 276 to 655 during that time, according to CYO statistics.

The number of football teams has increased from 46 to 150 teams from 1988 to 2011, while the number of kickball teams has risen from 87 to 151 teams.

In volleyball, the number of teams has soared from 70 to 300. The number of participants in the CYO’s annual music contest has also increased from 400 to 800 participants.

In all, there are about 1,500 teams that play CYO sports in the archdiocese. †

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