Each year thousands of young people from across the counties of the Diocese of Cleveland participate in the many athletic programs offered through the Youth & Young Adult Ministry and CYO Office. In the Catholic Youth Organization, the athletic competition gives each participant an opportunity to grow in character, ability and community while honoring oneself, as well as one’s family, teammates, officials and church. The CYO in Northeast Ohio is part of Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland. As such, the program promotes the values of Dignity of Person, Hope, Service and Justice to all those whom we come in contact with each day.

To sustain this focus,  The young person, not the athletic activity, is the primary focus of CYO athletics.  With this in mind CYO endeavors to help young people be more Christ-like in the way they live.  Each participant, parent, coach, official and volunteer need to work together to bring our Gospel vision and values to life in every aspect of CYO programs.

Competing hard while being Christ-like in all that you say and do is our goal at CYO! Not every youth sports program aims to achieve this goal. In this way, CYO is determined to be different. All of us at the Diocese of Cleveland CYO hope that you enjoy your participation in our programs and that we all display and live our mission each day to help make CYO be the best that it can be.

We encourage you to contact your parish or school office to find out information related to sponsored CYO programs in your area. You may also contact the Diocese of Cleveland CYO Office at 877.843.6200.

Please return to this website again and again for support, new developments and other information. We are grateful for your support and look forward to having you involved in the Catholic Youth Organization.