Thomas Wurtz of Varsity Catholic:

“These camps demonstrate what sports should be about - the forming of our youth as disciples. We need these all over the country.”

Why Catholic sports camps?  

From Sacred Scripture to Vatican II, Christianity has much to say about sports (see a summary here).  As Pope Pius XII said, "How can the Church not be interested in sport?"  The Church "sees in sport a gymnasium of the spirit, a means to exercise moral education; and because of this it admires, approves, and encourages the practice of sport in its various forms" (Bl. Pope Paul VI).  Saints from Paul to JPII stress the natural fit between athletics training and training for heaven.  "While playing sports, Christians find help in developing the cardinal virtues" (JPII).  St. Paul wrote, "do everything for the glory of God" (1Cor. 10:31).  "Everything" includes sports!


Testimonials from parents and campers:

Really, what more can parents ask for? My son found a great outlet in sports AND his faith exploded! This camp connected the two for him. ‘Thank you’ is truly not sufficient.
— Janet Woodward
The Frassati Camp is a blessing for boys by focusing their young hearts, minds and athletic skills on the power of prayer, virtue, hard work and putting the team before the self - on and off the court.
— Stephen & Carrie Keating
Our boys had such a powerful experience at camp. I wasn’t sure what they would think of tennis having no previous experience, but they were so full of life and enthusiasm all week. They learned so much on a physical level, but they also grew immensely from spending time in the company of strong young men and adults who inspired them to be tougher and more serious about holiness. What would have gone in one ear and out the other coming from mom seems to have fallen on far more receptive ground because it came from guys they look up to. Thank you for your initiative - we’ll be back!
— Jenny Uebbing
I learned that sports can help you become a saint.
— 6th grade camper
I used to just stand around on defense both in basketball and life, but now I know how to defend the hoop and my soul.
— 8th grade camper
I learned to fight off laziness and selfishness and replace it with self-discipline.
— 7th grade camper
I will remember most the defensive warm-up because even though it hurt I got through it and offered it up for whoever’s name was taped on my wrist.
— 8th grade camper
I will remember to thank God when I walk into the gym.
— 8th Grade Camper