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Basketball 2013
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Sports Authority - Spring Sports Coupon - 20% Off

Greetings CYC:

My name is Jeff Harmeling and I am writing to introduce myself.  I am the Community Marketing Manager for Sports Authority.  Sports Authority is proud to announce our new partnershipiwth the CYC and YOU, as a participating family.  We are excited to be a part of such a wonderful organization that is so dedicated to serving youth sports in the Greater St. Louis Area.

To get this partnership kicked off, Sports Authority would like to extend a special 20% discount coupon (for coupon click here) to all CYC members!!  We know that the 2013 spring sports seasons are quickly approaching and we want to do everything we can to help you save money on the gear your young players need to get the season started.  You can use this discount on anything; socks, bats, gloves, cleats, pants, etc...  The coupon can be used the weekend of March 8th through 10th at any of the Sports Authority Stores in the St. Louis area.

This is just the beginning.  You will see more from this partnership in the near future!  Thank you, Jeff


Players, Coaches and Officials all mentioned in this week's RAS

RAS = Random Acts of Sportsmanship were noticed in 3 different gyms, acknowledging 3 different roles.  As is taught in the CYC's Coaching to Make a Positive Difference class, there are 4 roles at every game.  The roles and their responsibilities are as follows:

Players play, Coaches coach, Officials officiate and Fans positively encourage!

The Sportsmanship Brigade of the St. Louis Sports Commission attended the 8th grade girls game at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and found a player on each team that played hard, encouraged their teammates and had a blast.  They were Molly Bastida for SMMA and Annie Leisure for St. Catherine Laboure.  Brigade leader, Solomon Alexander said this about the two girls  "Honestly, it was fun watching them having so much fun. Their infectious personalities definitely left an impression on the Brigade. Both ladies were recognized for a tremendous show of sportsmanship during the game."  Molly and Annie, thanks for exemplifying sportsmanship in your role as players.


(as as side note: Sportsmanship Brigade members were seen grooving to the halftime music.  In hope of recognizing their talents, they have been nominated to appear on Dancing with the Stars...good luck!)

The next RAS honoree is Our Lady of Festus 4th grade girls coach Rarick.  In last weekends tightly contested game against SMMA the score was tied at 11-11 with only 3 minutes left in the game.  A SMMA player was driving to the basket and took an accidental elbow to the face.  The ref blew the whistle and called a foul but the SMMA girl was hurt and, naturally, was in tears.  SMMA only had 5 players at the game, and had used all their timeouts.  OLF only had one left themselves.

At that point, in a completely unselfish, caring and very sportsmanlike act, Coach Rarick called his final timeout so that the injured SMMA player could take a minute and gather her composure.  To highlight his sportsmanship even further, it should be noted that the injured player had scored 10 of SMMA's 11 points in the game.     

When play resumed, the girls all played hard and finished the game. The game ended in an 11-11 tie.  Coach
Rarick had a number of fans from both schools come up afterwards and shake his hand.  Obviously, winning the game was not the priority for this coach, the safety of the girl and sportsmanship were. He exemplified what kind of coach we’d all like to see coach our children.  This recognition was sent to us by a SMMA parent.  Thank you for sharing a coach's Random Act of Sportsmanship.

And finally, in another 4th grade girls game we received this note of praise for an official from the mother of a player on the visiting team. "I wanted to share a positive officiating experience with you.  My 4th grade daughter was playing basketball a St. Mary Magdalen on Saturday at the 10:30 game. As happens at most games there was an adult and a younger official.  I’m sure it is very hard at that age and skill level to find the balance of what to call and what to let go a little.  They both did a very good job officiating the game.  I was very impressed with the young man.  He was confident in his calls, blew his whistle loud, but most important explained to the girls what they did wrong.  For a young kid to be that confident is very positive and makes the game flow better.  After the game I thanked both of the officials and complimented them on how they handled 4th grade girls."  The RAS private eyes are tracking down the names of these two referees who were recognized for their Random Act of Sportsmanship while officiating.

If you spot a Random Act of Sportsmanship while at a game, please forward a brief note describing the act to .  We are especially looking for a RAS by fans!  We want to celebrate every RAS, because we believe Good Sportsmanship makes for Great Sports!


CYC Weekend at MVC Women's Championship


CYC Weekend at Missouri Valley Women's Championships

Saturday, March 16 at 1:30 & 4:05pm Semifinal games and/or                               Sunday, March 17 at 2:05 Championship game at the Family Arena
The CYC and First Capitol Sports are excited to present great deal for all CYC players, coaches, family and friends!!!  Ticket vouchers for either session mentioned above can be purchased for ONLY $2

Plus, for every CYC voucher purchased the MVC will donate $1 back to the CYC.  This is a great opportunity to see excellent women's college basketball at a huuuuuuge savings

It would be a great place to bring the whole team for the end of season party! 

Plus discount deals at the concession stand and FREE parking!
But wait, there’s more! - Ball Girls Needed  - You can be on the court!
First come, first serve
– Here are the # of girls and the sessions for Ball Girls:
3/14 – 4 & 7pm (4 girls), 3/15 – 12 & 2:30pm (4 girls), 3/15 – 6 & 8:30pm (3 girls), 3/16 – 1:30 & 4pm (6 girls) and 3/17 – 2pm (3 girls) – Contact Buzz by email.
Ball Girls must be there 45 minutes before 1st game and stay through whole 2nd game.

Our goal is to FILL THE LOWER BOWL at the Family Arena with CYC PLAYERS & FAMILIES!
To purchase vouchers, email  with the number of vouchers needed and parish represented.  You will receive a confirmation e-mail that will explain payment and voucher mailing/pick-up.
Come cheer on these St. Louisans and former CYC players that now play Missouri Valley Basketball.

Below are former CYC Players that now play in the MVC.  Come cheer them on!


Alex Hillyer - SMS         Briana Puni - Ill. St.         Mariana Laramie - Indiana State          Megan Grace-Ill.St.


"The Man"

The True Face of Sportsmanship
In an age when role models are hard to find, Stan ‘The Man’ Musial offers inspiration to us all.
Stan "the Man" Musial


Some 15 years ago, Princess Diana died in a Paris car crash and the whole world, save for the Queen, apparently went mad, confusing the death of a celebrity princess with that of a historic figure of heroic sanctity.  So when Mother Teresa, an actual saint, died a few days later, it was as if God sent a gentle reminder about what authentic holiness looks like.

Perhaps similar forces were at work in the death of baseball legend Stan Musial on Saturday.  All last week, the filth of Lance Armstrong's prodigious mendacity coursed through the cable television veins of our culture.  Armstrong intimated that he had to be corrupt because everyone else was corrupt.  It was the approach we would expect from teenage boys behaving badly, not from someone who has been a role model to so many.  So when Musial died, we remembered that his was a life that showed us what authentic manliness looked like.  He was nicknamed "The Man," and he was, just that.  The real man is the virtuous man.

Stan The Man was one of the greatest baseball players of all time.  He played his last game 50 years ago this September, and spent the half-century that followed as the face of the St. Louis Cardinals, never putting a foot wrong, never bringing anything but honour to the Cardinals, to St. Louis and to baseball itself.

When the archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, was named a cardinal last year, he was asked whether, when he was growing up in St. Louis, he had ever wanted to be a cardinal.

"Yes," he replied.  "When I was six years old, I wanted to be Stan Musial."

Last Sunday, no longer six but in his 60s, the cardinal preached about Stan Musial on the day after his death.  He still desires to be like Musial, not the ballplayer, but the faithful Christian and a good man.  Or perhaps, to put it better, he desires that men looking for role models might discover Musial anew.  Upon being made a cardinal, Dolan received his red hat from Pope Benedict XVI.  Stan Musial sent him an autographed Cardinals' hat.  It's the latter that greets visitors to the cardinal's residence.


As a ballplayer, Musial became a first-ballot hall of famer after a career that included three World Series championships, 24 straight All-Star appearances, seven batting titles and three National League MVP awards.  In 1963, he ranked in the all-time top 10 for hits, runs, doubles, home runs, RBIs, walks, total bases and slugging percentage.  His 6,134 total bases were then a record (only Hank Aaron has passed him since 1963).  His 3,630 hits are still fourth most all-time, behind only Pete Rose, Ty Cobb and Aaron.

"Take Stan — nobody will beat you worse, but I've never seen him do one thing any man would be ashamed of anywhere."

In 1957, Sports Illustrated named him Sportsman of the Year.  The accompanying profile began with an extended discussion of the nature of sportsmanship.  The consensus was that whatever the definition of sportsmanship, Musial was the face of it.  Former Cardinals' manager Marty Marion said of Musial then: "Take Stan — nobody will beat you worse, but I've never seen him do one thing any man would be ashamed of anywhere."

In the age of Mickey Mantle, that was an extraordinary compliment, but in today's world, where athletes are inclined to broadcast things about themselves they ought to be ashamed of, it seems unimaginable.

Upon retirement, Life magazine profiled his last day.  It began with him going to Mass in the morning, for he was a lifetime daily communicant, and while it eventually got around to the ballpark, the article focused more on Musial being a great man, rather than a great player.

He married on his 19th birthday and remained a faithful husband for 72 years.  His beloved wife Lil died last spring, and it was only fitting that he would follow soon after.  In 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and it was difficult to know whether it was for his baseball career, or for being The Man for so long.

Stan Musial matters, moreso in the week of Lance Armstrong's lies.  The greatest lie Armstrong told was that because everybody cheats, it must be OK to cheat.  Not everybody does.  Stan Musial didn't.  He didn't cheat at the game, he didn't cheat on his wife, he didn't cheat his fans, he didn't cheat, period.  It is possible to do that and still be among the best ever.

It is a great lie that virtue is not possible, or that it is not possible to be good if one wants to do well.  The old man in the red blazer teaches us differently.  He did well and he was good.  It is possible.  The Man did it.




Father Raymond J. de Souza, "The True Face of Sportsmanship." National Post, (Canada) January 24, 2013.

Reprinted with permission of the National Post and Fr. de Souza.


Father Raymond J. de Souza is chaplain to Newman House, the Roman Catholic mission at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Convivium and a Cardus senior fellow, in addition to writing for the National Post and The Catholic Register. Father de Souza's web site is here. Father de Souza is on the advisory board of the Catholic Education Resource Center.

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