Athletic programs are seen as one way of implementing the mission of CYO. Program goals include increasing:
• self-confidence and self-reliance,
• interpersonal competence,
• a sense of caring toward others, and
• skills development.
Youth are brought together from different parishes and schools, and social backgrounds in an atmosphere that fosters the recognition of one's strengths and limitations, the lessons of winning and losing, and respect for all involved: fellow players, opponents, coaches and officials. In other words, CYO is in the business of teaching life values that aid boys and girls in their development toward adulthood. It is worth noting that CYO Athletics does not view itself primarily as a sport developmental program.