Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)

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.


2024 CYO Grade School Track & Field Country Meet was held on Sunday, May 19, 2024 @ Chicago Hope Academy. There were four divisions: JV Girls & Boys (6th gr. & under) and Varsity Girls & Boys (7th & 8th gr). A Team Champion was crowned, along with the top six athletes in each of the 40 events.

CYO Track Meet

2023 CYO Grade School Cross Country Meet took place on Saturday, October 21 at Maryville Academy. About 273 athletes from 13 schools competed in two divisions: JV (6th grade and under) and Varsity (7th and 8th grades). There are four divisions: JV Girls and Boys (6th grade & under) and Varsity Girls and Boys (7th and 8th grades). The top 30 – 40 athletes in each division received awards. The team champions in each division were: JV Girls and Boys divisions- St. Athanasius (Evanston), Varsity Girls – Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Glenview), Varsity Boys – St. Francis Xavier, LaGrange. Congratulations to all the schools and participants!

View meet results at:

JV Girls Race
Varsity Girls Race
JV Boys Race
Varsity Boys Race
Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Varsity

2023 – 24 CYO High School Basketball League was held from December 2, 2023 – February 10, 2024. Twenty four teams from parishes around the archdiocese participated in the league. Champions were crowned in the Prep (Frosh-Soph) and Varsity (Jr-Sr) divisions.

2024 Prep Division Championship Game Highlights

2024 Prep Division Champions – St. Clement
2024 Prep Division Runner Up – Our Lady of Perpetual Help

2024 Varsity Division Championship Game Highlights

2024 Varsity Division Champions – Faith, Hope & Charity

2024 Prep Division Runner Up – St. Francis de Sales (Lake Zurich)

St. Michael (Orland Park) won their 20th ICCA State Championship on January 7, 2024, becoming the winningest school in ICCA history. They competed in the Large Jr High Division.

Exciting Partnership

Our Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) partnered with St. Martin de Porres to provide Westside H.O.M.E. Open Gyms. This is an anti-violence initiative designed to give youth in the neighborhoods of Austin and West Garfield a safe place to play, learn, and fellowship during the summer. Open gyms is designed for youth ages 6 yrs – 20 yrs and operated Mon – Fri from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and ran from June 19 – August 4, 2023. The H.O.M.E. program returned to Purcell Hall after a 2 year absence, due to renovations in the building. 87 youth showed up during the first week of open gym and 175 youth participated in the program. It was a safe and productive summer for all involved!

Past Events

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:

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 (

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.

2020 Champion ICCA State Finals  Large Jr. High Division

St. Clement Waves – 2020 CYO Prep Champions

St. Mary, Lake Forest – 2020 CYO Prep Runner-Up

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Team 3 – 2020 CYO Varsity Champions

St. Cathy / St. Lucy – 2020 CYO Varsity Runner-Up

Frances Xavier Warde Track Champions 2019