The CYO program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County recently received a generous donation of sporting goods supplies courtesy of the Fulton Area Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club.
Catholic Charities was one of several organizations that benefited from the Great Eastern Whiteout, the club’s annual vintage snowmobile show and race held at the Fulton War Memorial. Established in 2000 in Sandy Creek, the event relocated to Fulton in 2010 and draws more than 400 snowmobiles each year.
Strong supporters of the CYO program, Fulton Area Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club have made regular donations to the CYO program including game stations and video games, sports equipment and more.
“Each year, proceeds from our Great Eastern Whiteout are used to benefit the youth of our community,” said Tracy Doyle, Snow Travelers member and owner of Doyle’s Bike Shop. “As a boy, I remember how much I enjoyed going to the CYO program at Catholic Charities. I know that today the kids still love going to CYO after school to be with their friends and they enjoy participating in the many games and activities that CYO offers for both boys and girls.
CYO Coordinator George Timmins said, “We are very appreciative of the donation we received from the Snow Travelers. Their donation included flag football equipment, which the kids have been asking for and are excited that we will add that to our list of activities.”
Open to youth in grades 2-12, Catholic Charities’ CYO program is available Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Activities include basketball, foosball, dodge ball, ping-pong, billiards, computer games, and more.
There are also a number of computers available for youth including several that have computer access to assist them in doing their homework. All activities are free of charge and are supervised by trained staff.
The staff encourages youth involvement in both structured and non-structured activities, and assists all participants as needed to insure that they receive the full benefits of the program as well as help in their physical and mental development.