Columnists/Jeff Mielcarek
Updated: December 15th, 2010
Together we can make a difference
JEFF MIELCAREK, Director of CYO Athletics
Friday, 24 December 2010
In athletics we often hear words like “teamwork” and “team chemistry.” Although theses valuable words apply to our CYO sports teams, they can also be applied to CYO’s role as a ministry in the life of a parish community. This past fall, I saw a number of parish priests in attendance at ...
JEFF MIELCAREK, Director of CYO Athletics
Saturday, 27 November 2010
I recently saw a mom walking into a Toledo CYO venue with three young boys in soccer uniforms. I asked the young boys where they were coming from and one of the boys responded, “We had a weekend tournament in Cleveland.” The mom who seemed to be...
JEFF MIELCAREK, Director of CYO Athletics
Saturday, 23 October 2010
It is often said we live in a “fast food society” where everyone wants instant results and instant gratification. Although it would be great if this really occurred, it’s usually not how things work out in “real” life.When we minister to ...
JEFF MIELCAREK, Director of CYO Athletics
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Recently, I sat back to reflect on the many different opportunities that the Lord has blessed me with in terms of being able to spend time in the lives of so many youth. I try to never take these opportunities for granted because these youth will onl...
JEFF MIELCAREK, Director of CYO Athletics
Saturday, 27 March 2010
This basketball season has been a bittersweet one for me personally. I have watched my son (who is a high school senior) and his friends from grade school play CYO basketball together for the last season. Now I realize that many others have gone th...
JEFF MIELCAREK, Director of CYO Athletics
Saturday, 27 February 2010
Have you ever stopped to think how many different excuses all of us seem to use in athletics? Coaches use excuses for their team not winning a game. Players use excuses for not performing the way that...
JEFF MIELCAREK, Director of CYO Athletics
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Evangelization is a big word in the Catholic church these days, and in our diocese we are encouraging people to evangelize more than ever.The word evangelization means to go out and spread the message...
JEFF MIELCAREK, Director of CYO Athletics
Saturday, 26 December 2009
While attending a number of CYO games throughout the year it is always great to see people smiling. In my opinion, a smiling face, like everything else in life, is a gift from God. Just think about ho...
JEFF MIELCAREK, Director of CYO Athletics
Saturday, 21 November 2009
How many times do you walk into a gym and the first thing that you do is look at the scoreboard? Most of us do this on a regular basis because we want to know who’s winning, what quarter the game is...
JEFF MIELCAREK, Director of CYO Athletics
Saturday, 24 October 2009
We often hear about athletes who are viewed as role models for our youth. Those we most often hear about are professional athletes, but college and even high school athletes can serve as great (many...