Noah Sanchez was named to the outstanding coaching class of the year for his work on basketball with children at St. Therese in Northeast Portland. (Courtesy CYO/Camp Howard)
Noah Sanchez was named to the outstanding coaching class of the year for his work on basketball with children at St. Therese in Northeast Portland. (Courtesy CYO/Camp Howard)
" CYO is so grateful for all volunteers and the incredible amount of energy, time, and love they give the sports.

" Jennifer Adamy, track and field coach at St. Anthony in Tigard and member of the CYO Track and Field Commission
Volunteers are the foundation of CYO, the gears that have kept our organization running through decades of games, matches, and meets.

Our coaches inspire the next generation of athletes and provide an environment for each CYO participant to learn valuable skills in leadership, teamwork and dedication. And this experience in CYO is not temporary. Next time you attend an event, there is a good chance that the refs were once athletes in that very gym, or that the parents volunteering their time to coach once wore the same jerseys as their children. There is often a natural progression from athlete to leader, and CYO is proud to have influenced so many lives within the Portland community.

Noah Sanchez, the current athletic director at St. Therese in Northeast Portland, is one of these legacies. He played sports at St. Therese when he was a student, coached later and recently became the athletic director. He also was a part of the 2022 CYO Coaching Class.

“CYO has left a lasting impact on me, and I do not think I would be the person I am today without those memories,” Noah says. “Thank you to all who have given their time to this wonderful organization, and I hope to continue making memories with everyone.”

Jennifer Adamy has been a spectacular CYO volunteer for the past ten years. She is a current track and field coach for St. Anthony in Tigard and serves on the Track and Field Commission. She says that “As a parent of a student athlete that participated in CYO sports and as a 10-year volunteer CYO coach, I love CYO because the program is offered to all students, regardless of skill level, while maintaining a high level of competition. The program is well organized and enables participants to improve their skills while learning teamwork and sportsmanship and making new friends. CYO is so grateful for all volunteers and the incredible amount of energy, time, and love they give the sports.”

Athletics are an essential element within a child’s development, and CYO provides these uniquely valuable experiences for the Catholic and Christian grade schools in the greater Portland area, plus parish children who attend public school. Beyond the benefits that staying active offers to a young student — improving in a new sport and making new friends — participation also develops a myriad of less tangible skills, including perseverance and a strong work ethic. We enjoy witnessing the community building that results from teams coming together, embodying pride for their respective schools and the healthy spirit of competition and shared love for sports that bind our participating schools.

We are so grateful each year for our more than 1,500 coaches who guide and mentor the next generation of student-athletes. They model Christian service by giving the benefits of their time, energy and expertise to others.

CYO begins each event with a prayer to remind everyone we strive to be like Christ on and off the court. Our volunteers play a vital role in fulfilling our vision to enrich lives and build a stronger faith community by bringing Jesus Christ to youth through sports and camp participation.