The St. Lawrence Youth Athletic Program (YAP) was organized in 2008 to promote sport activities in accordance with the Catholic teachings for the youth of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and the Diocese of St. Petersburg Community. Through athletics, we endeavor to inspire young people to be Christ-like in the way they live and help further the formation of their Christian values.
Our organization develops athletic programs for elementary grade-levels, pre-K through 6th grade. Our program has inspired the lives of over 2000 children since its inception, including over 600 children playing sports during the year. We strive to create a safe and fun environment for children, while providing specific instruction to develop their skill-level to the greatest potential. We promote good sportsmanship, self-discipline and teamwork in all activities to aid in the personal growth of the children and all families involved.
Everyone involved in YAP does so in a youth ministry capacity, and at all times strives to act as a model of Christian values and beliefs. The Board of Directors, Advisors, Sports Commissioners, coaches, referees, field maintenance staff and concession stand workers volunteer their time and effort to the program. Each year, over 100 volunteers are involved to bring soccer, football, cheerleading, wrestling, and tennis to the children of our parish and Diocese. We would like to thank all these individuals for helping make YAP what it has become today.
YAP is blessed by the unwavering commitment of the parish, school, families and businesses that sponsor our programs. Without this assistance we could not fulfill our mission and we thank everyone for their continued support!
YAP welcomes both you and your child, and are excited about the opportunity to get to know your family. As you begin to understand what YAP is, and what we stand for, we hope you consider giving of your talents to continue to grow this program for the future benefit of children and our parish. Being a small part of a child’s life in a fun atmosphere is a rewarding and unforgettable experience.