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.


UPCOMING EVENTS

2023 CYO Grade School Cross Country Meet will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2023 @ Maryville Academy. There are 4 divisions: JV Girls & Boys (6th gr. & under) and Varsity Girls & Boys (7th & 8th gr). The top 30 athletes in each division will receive awards. A Team Champion will be crowned in each of the 4 divisions!



Host Site Availability for CYO High School Basketball League

If you have a standard-size gym and want to be a Host Site for the League, please contact Kim Williams at williamsk4@maryvilleacademy.org or 312-491-3534.


PAST EVENTS

2023 CYO Grade School Track & Field Meet took place on Saturday, May 20 at Chicago Hope Academy, 721 S. Washtenaw. 361 athletes from 15 schools competed in 40 events across 2 divisions: JV (6th gr & under) and Varsity (7th & 8th gr). The meet Champion was St. Athanasius, Evanston, who won their first CYO Championship by scoring 303.5 pts. Rounding out the Top 5 was Frances Xavier Warde with 225 pts, St. Ethelreda with 82 pts, Queen of Angels 81 pts, and Henry R. Clissold with 79 pts. Congratulations to all the schools and participants!

View meet results: 



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: 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.


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