Friday, 29 January 2010 00:00
Athletes and families of the Corpus Christi CYO sports program experienced a very special day together as they attended Mass, enjoyed breakfast and then played several basketball games!
The day began as the players, families and friends gathered for the Corpus Christi Church 10 a.m. family Mass. The players proudly wore their CYO team jerseys as they celebrated mass together.
After Mass, the CYO enjoyed a delicious breakfast together. Fellowship and laughter abounded as the teams relaxed in a casual atmosphere. A keynote speech was delivered by Edward Solosky, the athletic director of Kellenberg Memorial High School. Solosky explained the positive values of youth sports. These same values are stressed by CYO and they work both in sports and in life. Guests attending the breakfast were Deacon John Reinhart and Tom Rudolph, the CYO parish coordinator.
The CYO program is an avenue to develop the athlete’s knowledge of, skills in, and love for sports as they strengthen their character and develop self-confidence. CYO and its members work together to promote good sportsmanship and fair play. Sportsmanship is the backbone of CYO.
The Corpus Christi Boys third grade basketball team members were guests of the St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball team on Sunday, Jan. 3 to watch the Storm face off against Providence College Friars at Carnesecca Arena in Jamaica, Queens.
The Corpus Christi boys were disappointed as they watched the Red Storm fall to the Friars 74-59. The boys watched and learned as they saw the Storm run various offensive plays and play strong defense.
However, the highlight of the game was the Corpus Christi boys taking the court at halftime to play in a scrimmage game against St. Anthony’s of East Northport and seeing their team announced on the PA system as well as being recognized on the scoreboard. The boys were loudly and enthusiastically cheered on by the capacity crowd; and all in attendance saw the pride, hustle, spirit and sportsmanship of the Corpus Christi team. Former St. John’s coach and legend Lou Carnesecca was in attendance and cheered the boys on.
Regardless of their sporting future, every boy will long remember the glory of playing at legendary Carnesecca Arena and being a part of the St. John’s Red Storm!