Our Mission

Leading Youth to Christ through Sports!

 

CYO, a collaborator with parish youth ministry, is in partnership with parents, coaches, volunteers, parish staffs and clergy to offer elementary and secondary school youth the opportunity, through the media of sports,  recreation and other activities to grow in virtue, develop their full human potential and become a more committed disciple of the Lord Jesus.

Our Commitment

CYO is committed to providing Christ-centered youth sports opportunities for children within the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Our goal is provide the best possible environment in which your children can grow spiritually, mentally and physically through an authentically Catholic approach to youth sports. The administrators and coaches involved in CYO are held to the highest standards. Each coach participates in Archdiocesan safe environment training (VIRTUS) and Play Like a Champion Today coaching formation, with other sport-specific certification required as well. CYO policies include health and safety protocols that have been recognized among the best in the country. 

 

We take seriously the opportunity to be involved in your child's development and recognize that he or she is a gift created by God. CYO strives each day to offer programs and initiatives that ensure a fun, healthy and formative experience for children of all ages and ability levels. Together with our families and parish communities, we are committed to providing opportunities for all children to participate in sport and grow in their relationship with Christ!

CATHOLIC. FORMATION. PARTICIPATION.

Meet Our CYO Office Staff

Rod Murrow

 

 

Director of Operations

Rod Murrow

 

 

Director of Operations

Rod Murrow

 

 

Director of Operations

Rod Murrow

 

 

Director of Operations

John McGoldrick

 

 

Executive Director

John McGoldrick is the newly appointed Executive Director of CYO and will serve the Catholic parishes and schools of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties under the direction of the CYO Executive Board. Through collaboration with Archdiocesan leadership, parish Directors of Sports Ministry, coaches, parents and community leaders, the Executive Director is responsible for promoting the organization's mission while overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. 


Having travelled through KS the past 25 years to visit with friends, John and his family moved to Overland Park in 2017 and are members of St. Michael parish where John's wife, Aby, is a pre-school TA and daughter, Stella, will enter into Kindergarten in the Fall of 2018.
John worked the past 15 years overseas as a US Military Defense Contractor and business partner in Regional Director roles.  


John describes himself as a "3rd country kid, born in CA that moved to KS from the Middle East."  He spent his childhood years overseas, due to his father's profession as a Civil Engineer and moved back to CA and attended St. Francis HS (Franciscans), in La Canada CA, earning varsity letters in football and wrestling.   He is a veteran of the US Air Force and graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. 


John was a varsity High School football coach in northern California for 4 years and also participated in ex pat youth sports clubs while living overseas.  His hobbies include; "watching my daughter grow, golf, following high school / college football and DIY home improvement projects."


"Our family is grateful for this opportunity to join the KS Catholic Community while serving the Archdiocese in my role.  Leading children to Christ through sport is our motto and I am humbled and excited with the responsibilities of this position.  Thank you for your support as I begin standing up our new CYO team."

Maureen Goetz

 

 

Director of Operations

Maureen Goetz, our prior Admin Assistant, has been promoted to the position of  Director of Operations, September 1st, 2019.   Congratulations Maureen!  

The History of CYO

Catholic Youth Organization ("CYO") programs in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas date back to 1940 when Monsignor Koch appointed Irwin McCurdy to administer Archdiocesan sports programs. During the war years (1942 - 1945) CYO programs took a backseat and existed only sparingly, though shortly after the end of the war, Reverend Andrew Knat was appointed the CYO Director and the program began anew.

Six years after the programs first began, in 1946, Tom Dorney was appointed as the first full-time Athletic Director for the Catholic Youth Organization. Dorney, who also served as a coach and teacher at Bishop Ward High School, administered the program for 28 years with the help of several advisors. He retired from the role of Director in August 1974.

After Dorney's retirement, the organization as many know it today began to take shape. Reverend Tom Tank, at the time the Archdiocesan Youth Director, established the CYO Executive Board to oversee the Director position and affirm the organization's purpose: to provide Catholic athletic activities for the youth of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, conducted according to the norms of Christian Sportsmanship. Shortly thereafter, the organization hired Dave Nick as its second Executive Director in the fall of 1974.

 

Over his 36 years in the position, Nick took the organization to new heights, as participation surged and sports programs grew into what exist today. Football, Volleyball, Basketball and Track became the four core sports played across the two counties. CYO also developed a partnership with Kansas City Missouri's Parochial League, with student participation and the creation of annual "Mo-Kan" tournaments. During this time, the CYO Office also made its way to Bishop Miege High School, where it remains today.

 

In 2010, Dave Nick retired after serving the CYO across four decades. At the time of his departure, the organization had grown to include over 5,000 participants from 23 parishes across the region. In July of 2010, the CYO Executive Board hired Peter Piscitello as the organization's third full-time director. Piscitello led the CYO during an exciting time of growth.  In August of 2018, the CYO Executive Board hired John McGoldrick as Executive Director and also restructured CYO by creating a new position, Director of Operations.

Over 78 years, the CYO program has provided athletic opportunities and faith formation for Catholic youth.  CYO serves as a model league for the development of multi-sport athletes, which research has shown to be the best approach for developing youth athletes to their fullest potential in their chosen sports later on.

ST. SEBASTIAN, PATRON SAINT OF ATHLETES, PRAY FOR US!

Catholic Youth Organization of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties. 

© 2017 by CYOJWA. CYO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

 

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5041 Reinhardt Drive, Suite 310

Roeland Park, KS 66205

Phone: 913-915-0139