Two of the teams to compete this weekend include Blessed Trinity and St. Pancras Pee Wee CYO teams.
St. Adalbert's volunteer staff gave both time and money to the effort. Rob Caldera (l) is the director of CYO Sports.
St. Adalbert’s School in Elmhurst was host, this past weekend, October 11th & 12th, to thirty CYO youth basketball teams from the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens Their goal was to have fun while raising money for Coaches vs. Cancer (CvC). Using pink basketballs specially purchased for the tournament, the young athletes thrilled parents and spectators for a good cause. The two-day tournament was part of an ongoing partnership between the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) and the charity, which will culminate next month at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic College basketball Invitational at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center featuring Duke vs. Temple and Stanford vs. UNLV. At that college basketball tournament, select CYO teams will have the opportunity to play on the hardwood before thousands of hoops fans. Currently, St. Stan’s of Ozone Park and St. Thomas in Brooklyn are slated for one of the games, and spots are still open for the second.
Over 300 students from second through eighth grade took part, according to Rob Caldera, who ran the tournament, along with help from Lou Pagnatta and his staff from the host parish. The partnership between the CYO and CvC began last year, when CYO teams first took the court at Barclay’s. Money raised from that tournament went to CvC, and as part of the partnership, the CYO is helping to sell tickets to the classic, to be held on November 21st and November 22nd. CYO representatives will be on the court at Barclays in recognition of its efforts. In raising money and awareness, in addition to the games this past weekend, volunteers held a bake sale, ran a 50/50, and raffled off a PlayStation 4 and referees made significant donations.