Posts Tagged ‘Mount St Michael Academy’

Knicks Legend John Starks Teams with Catholic Charities to Promote Fitness Among Local Youth

Monday, October 6th, 2014


Knicks legend John Starks spoke with children during a free basketball clinic held at Mount St Michael Academy in the Bronx at the CYO Fitness Challenge Day on October 2. Mr. Starks spoke about fitness, nutrition and how they featured in his professional career as part of a full-court Fitness Challenge effort to cut down on obesity and sedentary lifestyles among our children.

In addition to those attending the basketball clinic run by Kids in the Game, a company specializing in after-school and recess programming, over 18,000 children joined in physical fitness activities across the Archdiocese of New York, marking the start of the second of a three-year initiative.

After a successful start dating back to September 2013, over 24,000 children from 94 schools have participated in the CYO Fitness Challenge program. Through the use of the Fitnessgram assessment tool, participants have the opportunity to track their progress and receive feedback on their fitness levels.

The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), a division of Catholic Charities Community Services of the Archdiocese of New York and The Coca-Cola Foundation are partnering in the CYO Fitness Challenge program to bring awareness and increase fitness activities among youth throughout the New York archdiocese.

The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded a three year grant to Catholic Charities Community Services to support the CYO Fitness Challenge to enhance school athletic programs by providing fitness assessments and nutrition education to 24,000 youth participants. Through the leadership of the physical education teachers at area schools, they are now able to implement outcomes-based fitness which combines a fitness assessment to benchmark progress, physical activities, nutrition education and health awareness. After three years, this program will be implemented at 225 schools/programs, reaching an estimated goal of 35,000 children.

“Catholic Charities strives to deal holistically with those we serve,” said Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. “Through the generous support of The Coca-Cola Foundation, we are able to enhance lives by providing children and their parents with tools and learning to better achieve a healthy lifestyle. These are lessons they will carry with them as they get older.”

View photos on Catholic Charities Facebook page.

Calling all budding track stars

Friday, April 19th, 2013

 

By Alice Kenny

From the Pee Wee Dash to the Boys Long Jump, children representing eight parish teams competed in the first Developmental Track Meet of season on Sunday, April 14.  Two dozen “CYO unattached” runners (CYO children in parishes currently not fielding a track team) joined 225 CYO members on – finally — this perfect, sunny spring day.

They raced and received medals at the top-tier facility Mount St Michael Academy in the Bronx.

CYO has been working hard to provide a great experience for the children of the CYO Track & Field Community. With the addition of clinics with Olympic Athletes and new meets and events in some of the metropolitan region’s top facilities, CYO hopes to build upon the momentum gained over the past year.

Registration is now open for the April 21 CYO Developmental Clinic and Track Meet.  It will be held at Mt. Saint Michael Academy, 4300 Murdock Ave., Bronx, NY  10466.

The Iona College track team will be offering a pre-meet clinic for CYO athletes starting at 12:30 pm.

(Use this registration if your parish does not have a track program but you are a member of a parish or school, grades K-8 of the Archdiocese of NY)

(Use this registration link if you are the team coach or parish coordinator.

Registration is done on ny.milesplit.com . This is open for ALL CYO Programs.)