Coaching IS Ministry Comes to Archdiocese of Detroit

Catholic Youth Organization to Elevate the Culture of Catholic Sports

Feb 28, 2018
For more information contact:
Christopher Werner,

The Catholic Youth Organization in the Archdiocese of Detroit (CYO Detroit) will join in partnership with three nationally recognized Catholic sports education programs as it seeks to fulfill the mission of Unleash the Gospel to “undergo a missionary conversion” and change in the culture of Catholic sports.

CYO’s faith partners in this effort are:

  • Notre Dame University’s  Play Like a Champion Today Character Education Through Sports program
  • SportsLeader –  a national program already in place at a few CYO Parishes
  • Catholic Sports Ministry from National Federation Catholic Youth Mininstry (NFCYM.) 

The programs will roll out beginning in March of this year and parishes can choose from one or any combination of curriculums that best meet their needs and abilities.  

Winning-at-all-costs coaching, sports specialization, and parent “sports rage” are just a few of the problems eroding the culture of sports today. Christopher Werner, Executive Director of the CYO, welcomes the opportunity to work with all these programs. “CYO sees coaching as a form of ministry, therefore, in the spirit of Unleash the Gospel, we are aiming to challenge coaches to develop the whole athlete: physically, mentally, socially and (above all) spiritually. We see these programs as tools to enhance our total Catholic athletic experience.”

Through these partnerships, CYO Detroit will take their “Coaching as Ministry” clinics “on the road” to the local catholic parishes for the training. “The “kickoff” is a SportsLeader conference on Thursday March 15, 2018“says Sandy Werth, Director of Athletics for CYO, “and we follow that with Play Like A Champion sessions on March 24th and 25th.”  The dates for the NFCYM Catholic Sports Ministry sessions have not been announced.


While all a bit different, the programs chosen all have the same goal – to provide children and parents and coaches with the highest quality faith-based sports experience possible. “Through these programs we seek to educate coaches and parents to make sports more safe, fun, developmentally enriching, and faith filled, “ added Werner,  “we hope that we can help strengthen athletic programs by giving coaches practical tools to make coaching in a Catholic environment easier and more effective.”

For more information on CYO Detroit Athletics & the times and places for clinics, visit their website at or you may contact 313.963.7172

For more information on Play Like a Champion Today’s Character Education Through Sports Initiative, visit the website at or you may contact 574.250.6424

For more information on SportsLeader, visit their website at  or you

may contact  502.451.7792 extension 201

For more information on NFCYM, visit their website at https://