The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) was founded in Chicago in 1930 to provide the youth a safe place to play and participate in organized athletic competition. CYO’s mission is to bring youth together, to foster strong relationships in families and communities, and to help them lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives through sports.
The Maryville CYO sponsors organized athletic programs throughout the year, notably basketball, cross country, track and field and cheerleading, utilizing facilities such as Catholic schools, YMCA, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Schools.
Each year, approximately 3,000 youth, ages 8 – 19, participate in CYO events in the Chicago area. Maryville sponsors and directs this program on behalf of the Archdiocese of Chicago. It is open to young people of all faiths.
2023 CYO Grade School Track & Field Meet will take place on Saturday, May 20 at Chicago Hope Academy, 721 S. Washtenaw from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Athletes will compete in 40 events across 2 divisions: JV (6th gr & under) and Varsity (7th & 8th gr).
Our Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) partnered with Salvation Army Harbor Lights Center (Humboldt Park) to provide Westside H.O.M.E. Open Gyms. This is an anti-violence initiative designed to give youth a safe place to play, learn, and fellowship during the summer. 560 youth participated in the program, which ran from June 27 – August 4, 2022. Open gyms is designed for youth ages 6 yrs – 20 yrs and operated Mon – Fri from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. It was a safe and productive summer for all involved!
2023 Westside H.O.M.E. Open Gyms. This is an anti-violence initiative designed to give youth a safe place to play, learn, and fellowship during the summer. The program will run from June 19 – August 4, 2023. Open gym is designed for youth ages 6 – 20 yrs and operates Mon – Fri from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
2023 CYO Grade School Cross Country Meet will take place on Saturday, October 21 at Maryville’s Des Plaines campus.
2023-24 CYO High School Basketball Leagues will be held weekends from December 2, 2023 – February 18. 2024. Three Divisions (Fr-So, Jr-Sr and Girls Fr-Sr) are open to all parishes and churches.
Host Site Availability
If you have a standard-size gym and want to be a host site for the league, please contact Kim Williams at email@example.com or 312-491-3534.
CYO High School Basketball Leagues were held from December 3, 2022 – February 15, 2023 and champions were crowned in the Prep (Frosh-Soph) and Varsity (Jr-Sr) divisions.
2023 Prep Division Champion – St. Athanasius
2023 Prep Division Runner up – St. Margaret Mary
2023 Varsity Division Champion – St. Mary of the Woods
Varsity Championship Game Group photo: St. Mary of the Woods (red) def. Our Lady of Perpetual Help (white)
St. Michael (Orland Park) won their 19th ICCA State Championship on January 22, 2023. They competed in the Large Jr High Division
The 2022 CYO Track & Field Meet took place on Sunday, May 22 at Hope Academy. 303 athletes from 11 schools participated in the 32-event meet. The Team Champion was Frances Xavier Warde, with Alphonsus Academy, St. Athanasius (Evanston), and Queen of All Saints placing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively.
Click the link to view the results: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/464813/results
The 2022 CYO Cross Country Meet took place on Saturday, October 15 at Maryville’s Des Plaines campus. 286 athletes from 13 schools participated in the event. The top athletes in each division (30 in Varsity and 40 JV) received awards, as well as the team champions.
· JV Girls Division – Frances Xavier Warde (Chicago)
· JV Boys Division – St Helen (Chicago)
· Varsity Girls Division – St Luke (River Forest)
· Varsity Boys Division – Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Glenview)
Click the link to view the results: CYO Cross Country Invite – Results – Cross Country Meet (athletic.net)
Interested in coaching for CYO, please download our CYO Coach Requirements.
Coaches, learn more about our Play Like a Champion training: Play Like a Champion requirement for CYO Coaches
Still wondering if CYO is for you? Click here for the CYO Information Flyer.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 1st Maryville CYO Golf Clinics on July 21 at Marquette Park Golf Course Driving Range and on July 29 and August 4 at Oak Meadows Golf Course.