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Play Like a Champion Launches New Partnership with Detroit CYO

Updated: Apr 3, 2018

The Play Like a Champion Today Educational Series is proud to announce it's latest partner in the Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic Youth Organization (Detroit CYO). Play Like a Champion Director of Outreach Kristin Sheehan traveled to Detroit on March 24-25, 2018 to meet with key members of the organization and train the first set of "Local Certified Trainers" for the area's youth.

CYO Executive Director Christopher Werner welcomed the opportunity to work with Play Like a Champion, saying: "Play Like a Champion sees coaching as a form of ministry and challenges coaches to develop the whole athlete: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Our parishes look forward to gaining tools to enhance our total Catholic athletic experience."

Area trainers met at St. Isaac Jogues Parish on Saturday, March 24th and at Divine Child Elementary School on Sunday, March 25th to go through the Train-the-Trainer curriculum for the youth Coaching as Ministry program. Those in attendance were enthusiastic about the desire to provide formation for coaches and create a positive, faith-filled sport environment for children. With 11 sports and a number of activities across a large group of parishes and schools in the Archdiocese, the Detroit CYO plans to use Play Like a Champion programs to further it's mission of “Mentoring today’s youth, empowering strong Christian leaders.”

Following the weekend, Sheehan was impressed with the leadership in Detroit and excited about the possibilities moving forward. "We're thrilled to partner with the Archdiocese of Detroit CYO," she said. "We believe this is the beginning of a tremendous partnership that will be a blessing to our Play Like a Champion community and the coaches, parents and children of the Detroit area."

This post was written by Peter Piscitello, Manager of Outreach & Operations Support for the Play Like a Champion Today Educational Series.

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