Help is needed

For the first time in over 85 years, we need to ask you for help.

For many years the CYO was able to survive through all the different economic climates in Northwest Indiana. The everyday operation of the CYO is run by three people, a part-time activities director, a bookkeeper and a director. Over the years many of our schools have closed which means less teams which leads to less income. Funding dollars and donations are being pulled in many different directions.



Due to this, some of our funding, i.e. LAUW, has been eliminated. But we still receive outside help from the Diocese of Gary as well as a grant from the John Will Anderson foundation. The rest of our budget comes from program fees and gate money. We are seeking donations to help reduce this funding shortfall. Your help is needed to ensure that the CYO will be here in the future and have these activities available for the youth of tomorrow. Please make a donation today to help us make it another eighty years.








Since 1933 the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) has been offering extra-curricular activities to youth across Northwest Indiana. Names like Bishop Andrew G. Grutka, Gary's first Bishop; Monsignor Lawrence Grothouse, founder of Camp Lawrence and father William L. Martin, CYO Director in the early 60's helped to form and develop the many activities that the CYO has to offer.

The band program, camping, spelling bee, academic bowl, golden glove boxing, CYO football, swimming as well as other sports were offered in venues like the Knights of Columbus building on 5th Avenue in Gary, Gilroy Stadium in Glen Park and Holy Angel's School in Gary.


By the late 1960's, this “CYO acorn” had become an oak.

The CYO influenced the use of leisure time by combining lessons from home, school and church, and putting them into practice.

After eighty-five years the CYO is still alive and going strong. We still offer many of the same activities that we did then. Camp Lawrence is open in June and July for camping season. We offer a campership program for the many at-risk youth who could not afford to pay. Band has a summer program, as well as a program during the school year. We offer a band scholarship for students who cannot afford a year of band lessons.

In the fall, all of our athletic programs begin with the start of the school year. Thanks to many of our parish schools, our games are now played from Valparaiso to Munster and Hammond and East Chicago to St. John, Crown Point, Schererville and Griffith. The use of these facilities as well as the work of our many volunteers help to hold down the cost of running our programs. We could not do this without them.


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