J.O.Y. – Junior Orthodox Youth – Soccer Contact: Christopher Crosby at 708-974-3400. Participation open to: Boys and Girls grades preK-8. Games are held: April to June Purpose: To learn the virtues of good teamwork, as well as winning and losing well, in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship in Christ. “Try outs” are held. Every child is scheduled to play. All games are professionally refereed.
J.O.Y. – Junior Orthodox Youth – Basketball Contact: Christopher Crosby at 708-974-3400. Participation open to: Boys age 7-12 years old and Girls age 7-13 years old. Games are held: Games played on a 12-game per season schedule. Game days are Friday nights, from mid-October tryouts until the week before Lent begins. (The schedule depends upon the beginning of Lent.) Coaches determine the practice dates. The coaches and assistant coaches beginning in September, have two pre-season meetings, followed by meeting at the half-point of the season or a meeting preceding the playoff games. Purpose: To learn the virtues or good teamwork, as well as winning and losing well, in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship in Christ. Activities: J.O.Y. Basketball is a unique intra-mural league which allows all children interested in playing basketball the ability to do so. “Try outs” are held merely to divide talents evenly. Also, every child is guaranteed to play at least one full quarter per game and oftentimes it may be more. All games are professionally refereed. An awards and party program is held at the end of the season.
G.O.A.L. – Greek Orthodox Athletic League – Basketball (Metropolis of Chicago Sponsored Event) Contact: Christopher Crosby oversees the program and may be contacted at 708-974-3400. Participation open to: 4th-6th grade Biddy team; 6th -8th Grade School team; 9th -12th grade High School boys. (There are three basketball teams available.) Practices are held: Each basketball team practices once a week beginning the last week of September with tryouts. The playing season begins in November and lasts until the weekend prior to the start of the Great Lent. Practices are held at Church. Purpose: The Greek Orthodox Athletic League offers our parish youth an opportunity for inter-church fellowship within an athletic setting.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Contact: Angelo Fotopoulos at 708-598-1977. Participation open to: Adult men, 18 and up. Games are held: Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. in the gym. (September – July) Fee: Weekly Donation. (Church membership also encouraged) Purpose: Athletic activity for exercise and socializing in the atmosphere of the church.
JUNIOR OLYMPICS A Metropolis of Chicago Sponsored Event
Contacts: Metropolis-wide concerns: Registration / Rosters – Dn. Chris Avramopoulos (312) 337-4130; Volunteers / Public Relations – Fr. Tom De Medeiros (708) 974-3400; Facility Concerns – Jim Stavrou (708) 974-3400; All Other Concerns – Fr. Tom De Medeiros (708) 974-3400 St. Constantine and Helen – local parish concerns: Fr. Tom De Medeiros or Jim Stavrou at 708-974-3400
Participation open to: 7 year olds through Adult. Meetings are held: Our own parish try-outs and meetings are held approximately one month before the Olympics at the church.. The Olympics are held on the church grounds and at Stagg High School and Moraine Valley Community College on Memorial Day Weekend. (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
Purpose: The Junior Olympics encourages athletic competition and fellowship on a Metropolis-wide scale. The program has the participation of over 35 Parishes on average with over 2,000 participants each year and consists of three days of sporting, social, and spiritual events. Activities: Events for the athletic participation are as follows:
- Track & Field: Boys and Girls, 7-18 years old.
- Swimming: Boys and Girls, 8-18 years old.
- 10-K Run: Boys, Girls and Adults, 13-99 years old.
- Tennis: Boys and Girls, 13-18 years old.
- Table Tennis: Boys and Girls, 13-18 years old.
- Chess: Boys and Girls, 8-18 years old.
- Checkers: Boys and Girls, 8-18 years old.
- Backgammon/Tavli: Boys and Girls, 8-18 years old.
- Basketball: Boys and Girls, 7-13 years old.
- Soccer: Boys and Girls, 7-16 years old.
- Softball: Boys and Girls, 13-18 years old.
- Volleyball: Boys and Girls, 13-18 years old.
- Bowling: Boys and Girls, 13-18 years old.
- Wrestling: Boys and Girls, 9-18 years old.
Events for Special Needs children are also included.
Many volunteers are needed to help run this event. Coaches, advisors, set-up, maintenance, and concession volunteers are needed.