VIA Athletics exists to evangelize those involved in Catholic youth athletics with the hope that sport itself is renewed as: (1) leisure, i.e. a “training for life”, (2) to honor the dignity of the human person, and (3) to foster a sense of community, which is itself a Way of Beauty that can lead the broader community to the Lord.
We invite all who organize, coach, and volunteer for Catholic Youth Athletics to seek the face of Christ in the life of the Catholic Church (WIN), to receive formation (BUILD), and to be commissioned as witnesses who invite and accompany youth athletes on the Way (SEND).
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"Sport, properly directed, develops character, makes a man courageous, a generous loser, and a gracious victor; it refines the senses, gives intellectual penetration, and steels the will to endurance. It is not merely a physical development then. Sport, rightly understood, is an occupation of the whole man, and while perfecting the body as an instrument of the mind, it also makes the mind itself a more refined instrument for the search and communication of truth and helps man to achieve that end to which all others must be subservient, the service and praise of his Creator."
– Pope Pius XII,Sport at the Service of the Spirit July 29, 1945