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The Catholic Youth Organization was founded in 1930 by Bishop Bernard J. Sheil of Chicago. The purpose of the organization is to guide Catholic youth to live a Christian life, develop trust, and live a happy and positive life. The organization is also known for their organized sports teams including boxing in its early days. The Chicago History Museum posted a blog post with video explaining more about the Golden Gloves competition and CYO. Other sports that are associated with the CYO are track and field, cross-country, baseball, and basketball. The groups usually center around and meet at a local church. The local organizations usually sing, pray, and perform philanthropic activities. Although the organization began in the United States it has since spread to the Philippines.