Check Out CYO’s Club Of Champion Tribute’s All-Star Cast

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Giants Coach Ben McAdoo, NBA All-Star Caron Butler & More Honored at CYO Champions 

A Who’s-Who list of famous sports honorees are mobilizing at The 81st Annual Club of Champions Tribute at the Mandarin Hotel in New York City on May 2, 2017.  They are using their star power not only to raise funds for CYO’s youth sports and services but also to honor this special year as Catholic Charities - CYO’s parent organization - celebrates 100 years of service community.

This year’s all-star cast of CYO – short for ”Catholic Youth Organization” - honorees includes:

  • George Pyne, named one of the most influential people in sports
  • New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo
  • NBA All-Star Caron Butler
  • Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick
  • Inspirational athlete and author Eric LeGrand

Check them out:

Gold Medal Award George Pyne

  • Founder & CEO Bruin Sports Capital
  • Member of the Sports Business Journal’s Hall of Fame
  • Member of the National Football Foundation’s Leadership Hall of Fame

John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award Ben McAdoo

  • Famed for having one of the most successful debut seasons by a head coach in Giants history leading the team to the playoffs in his first season
  • Led the team in 2016 to an 11-5 record and its first postseason berth since 2011 making him the first rookie head coach to win at least 11 games since 2012
  • Led the Giants to a 7-1 record at home, their best mark in the history of MetLife Statdium and best home record since 2008
  • Turned around a team that, when he took command, finished 28th in the NFL its previous season

Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award Caron Butler

  • Two-time NBA All-Star
  • Member of 2011 Dallas Mavericks championship winning team
  • Author of Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA, where he shares his transformation as a gang member and drug dealer to a professional athlete, community leader, businessman and philanthropist

CYO Hometown Hero Sean Kilpatrick

  • Yonkers native and star addition to the Brooklyn Nets
  • Preseason first team all-conference by the American Athlete Conference
  • Semifinalist for Naismith College Player of the Year

Spirit of CYO Award Eric LeGrand

  • Transformed his severe spinal injury incurred playing defensive tackle for Rutgers University into a personal mission to succeed and inspire
  • Trained to regain enough shoulder movement to resume college classes via Skype and graduate from Rutgers
  • Works for ESPN, SIRIUS XM/Radio and Big Ten Network
  • Launched “Mission Possible” on
  • Formed Team LeGrand of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to find a cure and improve quality of life for those with spinal chord injuries

CYO operates a comprehensive program of athletic activities for youth including basketball,  art and essay contests, baseball, softball, golf, track and field, scouting, cheerleading, theatre and more.  More than 165 parishes and schools participated in our NY Archdiocese CYO this year with help from more than 3,000 volunteers and more than 26,000 participants.


Thanks to the resumes our honorees sport, Catholic Charities feels honored as well. Catholic Charities CYO Director Edwin Broderick credits George Pyne, the night’s Gold Medal Award Honoree and a big fan of CYO, for bringing in many of his fellow honorees.

It was an easy sell, Mr. Broderick adds, because they all know when it comes to the bottom line, “it’s all about the kids.”

Call us at 646-794-2065 or find out more about CYO Sports and Youth Programs.

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