The New Face of CYO Youth Football


Youth participation is up by nearly 150 participants for the first time in 10 years as CYO moves to implement a new design for youth football replacing Tackle with flag while dressed in full uniform.

This new formula is nothing new to CYO as the third and fourth grade program operated the same way for many years.  Today 1st grade through 6th graders in the CYO program play a modified “no tackle” game with variations at each grade level.

Scott Kneefel is the CYO Director of youth football http://www.cyocamphoward.org

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Sister Krista Inducts Mr. Joseph Weston into the CYO/Camp Howard Hall of Fame


With the conclusion of the CYO Meet of Champions, the Track and Field finale in May, we turned our attention toward the annual CYO Appreciation Dinner at the University of Portland.  This event is CYO/Camp Howard’s opportunity to thank a few of the hundreds of volunteers who make the organization operate each year.  Over the next few days we will take a look at those who were honored….beginning with our Hall of Fame inductee, Mr. Joseph Weston!

From the script May 22, 2018 at the University of Portland:

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“Mr. Joseph Weston We are truly blessed this evening to have in our gathering, a man who has worked hard all his life and as a result has been able to bless countless others in a multitude of ways.

Mr. Joseph Weston, a product of All Saints School and Central Catholic High School in Portland, gives millions of dollars each year in tuition assistance, endowments and matching grants through the Weston Foundation.  He was recognized nationally with the Elizbeth Ann Seton Award from the National Catholic Educational Association at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in October of 2017.  This award is presented each year to someone whose support and service impacts Catholic education and the well-being of the nation’s youth.

If you Google Mr. Joseph Weston, Portland, you come up with some really great articles about him that I find valuable to read because you can pick up some nuggets of wisdom.  I would like to share a few of his quotes:

  • Act before year’s end to donate as much as $100,000 from a 401(k) to a non-profit with zero tax liability. (What that means is that you could donate 100,000 to CYO/Camp Howard and not take a tax hit!)
  • Resist being tempted by banks to take out home equity loans. The free and clear house can be a mainstay of inheritance, helping families pay for education or begin their own philanthropy.
  • Catholic schools must set up legal endowments. “Talk to alumni and give them a guilt trip to some extent. Tell them they can do estate planning. You just have to make people aware they are successful because of their education. When you are successful, you’ve got to remember your [grade and high] school.”
  • Save for retirement and have an emergency fund if something goes awry. But everyone can get into the habit of giving to good causes, even if it’s small at first. Weston calls himself an example of how good it can feel to give.

Weston has a heart for the working poor, the ones who have trouble making ends meet. If he can help a family like that send someone to a Catholic school, that’s a fine day’s work in his mind.

Mr. Joseph Weston has been a friend of CYO/Camp Howard for many years.  Mr. Weston was the sponsor of our original CITY basketball tournament over twenty-five years ago and that is how I first came to know him.

Most recently, in December of 2015, Henry Fitzgibbon, past CYO/CH board member and chosen architect for Mary’s Lodge the new dining hall at camp, and I went to visit Mr. Weston.  He didn’t know it at the time, but he would make the decision as to whether we built the lodge or not.  We needed a good strong lead gift upon which to anchor our campaign.  As we sat down at the table, I pulled out my list of “what when where and how” and carefully went through it.  As I finished, Henry told me Mr. Weston winked at him with a kindly twinkle in his eye as he turned his head toward me and said, “Yes!”

That day set a course at CYO/Camp Howard that has not stopped.  People did jump on board to help us with the dining hall.  If Mr. Weston was behind it, it seemed like a solid plan to them.  I know of at least one person who called Mr. Weston directly to see if we were a safe bet!

Mr. Weston we would like to honor you by inducting you into our Hall of Fame this evening.  You have made an extraordinary impact on Catholic institutions in the greater Portland area and we consider ourselves especially fortunate to be counted among your friends.

Sister Krista: Give Mr. Weston a Hall of Fame Award!

 

CYO 7th Grade Girls Championship All Saints vs St. John Fisher…


March 11, 2018 BEAVERTON, OR

7th Grade Girls CYO City Basketball Championships

Home Team: St. John Fisher (White)

Coach(s): Jason D’Ambrosio, Jason Hawthorne, Scott Olsen

Player first names: Reese, Catie, Addison, Isabella, Morgan, Isabel, Rosali, Alexandra, Cayton, Grace

 

1 All Saints 7th Grade Girls

Visiting Team: All Saints (Green

Coaches: Ron DePalma, James MacCallum

Players: Olivia, Chloe, Ava, Shannon, Charlotte, Mackenzie, Abigail, Sarah, Molly, Corinne

2 St. John Fisher 7th Grade Girls

Scores:

Q1: 8-6 All Saints

Q2: 18 – 7 All Saints

Q3: 24 – 11 All Saints

Q4: 30 – 21 All Saints

Game Highlights:

  • All Saints slowly and patiently set up the ball on most possessions and moved it around until they had a shot.
  • All Saints had the height advantage and followed up on their missed shots for conversions.
  • John Fisher was the quicker team with great ball handling skills. They had a hard time penetrating All Saints defense to get inside to the basket.
  • With under three minutes left, St. John Fisher caught on fire and made a comeback.
  • With 44 seconds left in the game, St. John Fisher had closed the gap to 5 points and the pressure was on!
  • All Saints was held scoreless through most of the quarter letting SJF close in.
  • John Fisher could not close the gap but gave All Saints a good run for their money in the last quarter.

FINAL: All Saints 30 – 21

 

CYO 6th Grade Girls City Basketball Champions St. Andrew Nativity vs St. Pius X…


March 8, 2018

CYO City Basketball Championships

Home Team: St. Andrew Nativity

Coach(s): Dion Ragsdale

Player first names: Ayanna, Nickara, Genesis, Ge’Aira, Deborah, Nakya, Ebani, Yanci, Genesis, Bobbie Skyy, dulce, Haley, Melissa, Estrella

1 St. Andrew Nativity Girls

Visiting Team: St. Pius X

Coaches: Robert Centis,

Players: (will be added)

2 St. PIus X Girls

Scores:

Q1: 10 – 7

Q2: 20 – 17

Q3: 26 – 20

Q4: 31 – 27

Game Highlights:

Great defensive game during the 1st quarter.  Both teams were applying pressure from the beginning.

The first half of the game was played hard by both teams.  The score was close.  Both teams had big rosters and did a great job rotating the girls in and out to keep them fresh.

St. Pius X gained the lead in the 3rd quarter with some big offensive rebounds.

St. Andrew Nativity was able to gain back the lead and keep it during the 4th quarter.  They had some big steals in the 4th quarter to help them win the game.

FINAL:

St. Andrew Nativity 31 – 27

CYO 5th Grade Girls City Championship St. Matthew vs St. Cecilia…


March 8, 2018

CYO City Basketball Championships 5th Grade Girls

Home Team: St. Matthew (white)

Coach(s): David Loza, Jeff tuck

Player first names: Chanelle, Anya, Braxtyn, Naomi, Alyssa, Emerson, Ellie, Natalie, Berkleigh, Isabel, London

 

1 St. Matthew Girls

Visiting Team: St. Cecilia (Blue)

Coaches: Erika Bayless, Curt Fingal

Players: Audrey, Grace, Ella, Alise, Sophia, Sarah, Julia, Mia, Margaret, Sophia

2 St. Cecilia Girls

Scores:

Q1: 11-7 St. Matthew

Q2: 22-15 St. Matthew

Q3: 39 – 22 St. Matthew

Q4: 47 – 28 St. Matthew

Game Highlights:

  • Intense defense for St. Matthew and St. Cecilia (lots of ball pressure)
  • Crowd and atmosphere were spectacular! Parents and benches for both sides invested in their kids and teammates.
  • Cecilia great cheers in between quarters and timeouts (You gotta want it to win it!)
  • Strong 8-0 run in the 2nd quarter increased gap to 17 – 9
  • Intense defense carried into 2nd half with full court pressure by both sides
  • #22 on St. Matthew great drive to hoop for layup and steals inboud pass for another great layup
  • Huge 3rd quarter for St. Matthew took the lead up to 17 thanks to smothering defense
  • #23 hit a deep 3 with 1:30 to go in the 4th quarter to put on an exclamation point
  • Great team chant for St. Cecilia cheering their team on to the very end

FINAL:

St. Matthew 47 – 28

 

“Join me for an Evening of Camaraderie and Philanthropy”


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CYO/Camp Howard Champions of Faith Benefit Dinner October 17, 2017

“Join me for an Evening of Camaraderie and Philanthropy”

CYO/Camp Howard needs your support for our annual fundraising dinner! I invite you to experience a fun-filled evening of camaraderie and philanthropy:

  • Visit with friends, sport coaches and community leaders
  • Meet the Portland Catholic Community
  • Enjoy an inspiring keynote speech by Nick Robertson, a true sports icon
  • Collectively fund scholarships to ensure our youth can participate in CYO and Camp Howard Programs

Register Now!

To register, sponsor or donate, visit our website. View our 15 second commercial or video that illustrates how the Dinner funds help families in our community. See our dinner flyer for a quick overview.

 

Blessings to you!

Sister Krista

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Christ Child BXB Courts at Camp Howard


The Christ Child Society of Portland made money available for Camp Howard to build basketball courts in 2010 with a little left over to go toward the cover which was installed in 2015.  The three full sized basketball courts have been a game changer at the camp on rainy days and sunny days alike as the cover provides refuge from the rains and the sun.

When the busses for the summer programs arrive at the camp they unload campers under the Christ Child courts.  The facility provides wonderful options for the camp from organization of people, sorting luggage on a rainy day, to all kinds of activities during the week rain or shine.  Last year, arts and crafts took place on the other side of the blue curtains pictured below.  #sistersblogs #cyocamphoward

 

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