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Welcome to the CYO Home Page!

"Challenge yourself in the game of life like you are in the game of sports. Challenge yourself in the quest for good, in both Church and society, without fear, with courage and enthusiasm. Get involved with others and with God; don't settle for a mediocre 'tie'; give it your best, spend your life on what really matters and lasts forever."
– Pope Francis "Giving the Best of Yourself" 2018


WELCOME TO THE 2019 – 2020

CYO Boys' Basketball

CYO Girls' Volleyball

CYO Girls' Basketball


CYO Cross Country

CYO Track and Field

CYO Boys' Sand Volleyball

CYO In Service to Others



CYO Teams Exhibit Positive Values and Sportsmanhip

The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), through the vehicle of sports, provides youth with an opportunity to practice Christian attitudes and responsibilities and to become friends with other children throughout the diocese. CYO activities should be examples of the meaning of Christian sportsmanship."  (CYO Code of Conduct)

The Oakland Diocese Catholic Youth Organization is a church-sponsored athletic program for elementary and junior high age youth from the parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Oakland. CYO Sports are offered by the Church as a ministry to young people.

CYO sponsors a variety of sports: girls' and boys' basketball, girls' volleyball, girls' and boys' track & field, girls' and boys' cross country, girls' softball, boys' sand volleyball and cheerleading. Teams are offered for children in third through eighth grades.

CYO offers parish-centered or Catholic school-centered teams. CYO teams are not "club" or city teams. For enrollment or eligibility requirements, please contact your local Catholic parish athletic director.

Check out the information about individual CYO sports, tournaments, CYO philosophy and coaches certification programs. Links to individual CYO leagues with web pages are found on their respective sports pages.

Every athletic competitor exercises every kind of self-discipline --- they to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. (I Corinthians 9:15)

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Spirituality and Prayer

Service to Each Other and to the Community


 50 + Years of CYO Serving Young People in the Oakland Diocese

St. Anthony, Oakland, Girls' Volleyball and Basketball Teams, 1995

St. Anthony, Oakland, Boys' Basketball team, 1912

Click Here for an article in the Catholic Voice on 50 Years of CYO

"...sport, practiced with passion and ethical sense, in addition to exercising a healthy competitive spirit, becomes a school to learn and deepen human and Christian values."

– Pope Benedict XVI

CYO Scholarships

Bill Ford CYO Scholarships Awarded!

Two "Bill Ford CYO Scholarships" were awarded to two 8th Grade CYO players in the Oakland Diocese. in May – a CYO Cross Country runner from Assumption parish, San Leandro and a CYO Basketball player from St. John the Baptist parish, San Lorenzo..

For More Information On These Outstanding Young People, Visit the CYO Scholarships Page

What's New!

Vatican Issues Document on Sports

In June, the Vatican issued a paper on Sports.  The document "Giving the Best of Yourself," with a  forward by Pope Francis, offers the Church's support of the values that can be learned from sports and the challenges of living up to those ideals.

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"Giving the Best of Yourself"