Catholic Charities CYO Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner

March 23, 2019

Hall of Fame 2019 Award Honorees

Barney Barron

Jim Keenan

Joanne McDonnell







Join us for the 12th Annual Catholic Charities CYO Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner for an inspiring, joyful evening of celebration and community! Our Hall of Fame Dinner honors individuals who have distinguished themselves by championing the core values of leadership, team play, and good sportsmanship central to the mission of CYO Athletics. 

March 23, 2019
Father O'Reilly Catholic Charities CYO Center
St. Emydius Gymnasium
255 Jules Avenue, San Francisco 94112

Sponsor Reception: 6:00 PM
General Reception: 6:30 PM
Dinner & Program: 7:00 PM

At this year's event we will honor three stellar individuals who have been deeply committed and instrumental to the success of CYO Athletics:

Barney Barron – Instrumental in developing the St. Paul of the Shipwreck program as Athletic Director and coach, Barney served on the original CYO Athletics Board and chaired the second Board during the late 1960s where he spearheaded changes that created a self-sustaining budget rather than relying on general funds of the Catholic Youth Organization.

Jim Keenan – Starting his CYO career as a player at St. Cecilia then coaching at age 18, Jim was the Athletic Director and coach at St. Anne and St. Thomas the Apostle from 1962-1973, and served from 1968-1973 on the original CYO Athletics Board, focusing on fundraising, the budget, and rule changes.

Joanne McDonnell – Currently in her 22nd year as St. Brendan Girls’ Athletic Director, Joanne coached during the start-up of the girls’ programs at Corpus Christi, helped initiate the girls’ soccer program in 1988 at City College during the years before CYO could access SF Recreation & Park fields for girls, and served as a CYO Athletics Advisory Board member from 2002-2011.

2019 Coaches in the Spotlight

We will also be highlighting the great work and dedication of our four 2019 Coaches in the Spotlight:

Leo Cinco, St. Stephen
Dan Mauer, St. Peter Church, Pacifica
Lynda Simpson, St. John the Evangelist
Erick Solares, St. Elizabeth


Leo Cinco

Dan Mauer

Lynda Simpson

Erick Solares







Catholic Charities CYO Athletics provides athletes with terrific opportunities to develop leadership skills, understand team play, share the spotlight, display good sportsmanship and respect for others, and build healthy fitness habits.

Contributions are fundamental to our success and make it possible for us to continue offering expanded programming for all children in San Francisco.

We look forward to sharing the evening with you!

For ticket and sponsorship information, please contact Esther Green at 415 972 1297. 

Catholic Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our tax identification number is 94-1498472.