We Field Competitive Sports Teams
At St. John Paul II, we believe participating in sports helps learning. Exercise stimulates blood flow to the brain and has been shown to improve academic performance. Athletes also develop skills such as teamwork, self-discipline and communication—skills they will need for a lifetime.
St. John Paul II participates in the Monsignor Coates Youth Organization (MCYO) and competes against other Catholic schools. Fall sports are soccer and volleyball; in winter, basketball reigns.
Soccer practice is scheduled mostly before school and sometimes after. Practice begins at 8 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Bottineau Park, 4 blocks away from school. Scholars can be dropped off at the park, and coaches will walk them to school in time for classes.
MCYO Brings Youth Closer to Their Parishes
The main purpose of the organization is to help provide the link between the youth of the Minneapolis area and their parish through academic as well as athletic activities.Learn More