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This is what CYC sports is all about... - Tuesday, November 21, 2017


The Mission of the Catholic Youth Apostolate is to help all young people hear the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and to help all young people actively respond to the Gospel message and enthusiastically participate in the mission of Jesus Christ and His Church.

At St. Peter Parish, our CYC coaches and players strive to live out this mission on and off the field through our many teams of all ages. The following note was sent in by our soccer director, Doug Walbert, who received a story from one of our young athlete's family about their exceptional experiences playing CYC soccer. This is what CYC sports is all about!

"This season the St. Peter soccer program possibly had our most successful season in the history of our program…BUT…NOTHING compares to the life-changing stories that are the result of the entire CYC South Central program and the amazing folks at St. Gabriel Parish and St. Peter Parish…
 
I am so proud of STP Team Ryan and so grateful to St. Gabe Team Giles – you have made a life memory for the Coffman family – THANK YOU."


From the parents of Riley…

I wanted to share a quick story about Riley’s CYC soccer experience in hopes you could pass it along to some folks at St. Peter (and maybe even St. Gabriel if you know anyone there)…
 
Riley has played St. Peter soccer off and on for the past five years. Since Riley has Down syndrome we’ve grown more and more concerned about having her play due to the dramatic skill-level increases we see each year with all the other girls (especially with them now being in 5th grade). This year we decided to let her “play” by only participating in practices (no games) and she loved it. She would look forward to playing with her soccer team each week at practice more than any other activity. Her coaches (Mike Ryan, Angelo Bendoff, Scott Holdridge, and Julie Gau) were absolutely amazing and so were her teammates – honestly, Cindy and I could not imagine a better athletic experience for Riley.
 
A couple days before their last game I ran into Angelo who basically pleaded with me to let Riley play in their last game, so we agreed. The morning of the game we got Riley dressed in her STP soccer uniform and she was beaming. Between the hour when we got her dressed and game time, she must have asked 30 times when her game was – she was clearly super excited.
 
St. Peter was playing St. Gabriel that morning. Our coaches met with St Gabriel’s coaches to let them know that Riley would be playing that morning (at least for a few minutes). Riley got to kick-off the game and it became quickly apparent that the plan was to get Riley her first goal. As she slowly kicked the ball down the field, both the St. Peter players and the St. Gabriel players made sure the ball didn’t get too far away from Riley and would pass it back to her if it did. Eventually Riley got it close to the goal and scored! The reaction of all the players, coaches, and parents from both teams was tremendously heartwarming. Everyone celebrated her and patted her on the back as they ran back to mid-field. Both Cindy and I got choked up at the whole experience. Attached is a picture of Riley and Coach Angelo after the big goal. 
 
As a parent of a child with special needs, moments like that will last a lifetime. I just want to say thank you so much to her amazing coaches and her sweet teammates. I also want to thank St. Gabriel for their sportsmanship and kindness. I can’t remember who won the game that day, but I sure know what family did – the Coffmans.
 
Sincerely,

Jeff & Cindy Coffman