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Members of the Marty Mart Scholarship Committee surround Bailey Diaz, who received the 2014 scholarship for CYO girls' volleyball. Pictured are Grace House, Jim Soltau, Bailey Diaz and Victoria Mart-Larsen.

CYO volleyball scholarship awarded

During the opening Mass for the CYO Jim Negri Girls' Volleyball Tournament at Moreau Catholic High School on Jan. 19, the 2014 Marty Mart Scholarship for Girls' CYO Volleyball was awarded to Bailey Diaz from Our Lady of Grace School, Castro Valley.

Bailey has participated in the CYO sports of volleyball, basketball and track. She has played CYO volleyball for two years. In addition to extensive involvement in sports, Bailey is class president and member of Student Council at our Lady of Grace. She is active in musical theater and drama.

In her scholarship essay, Bailey wrote: "I'd like to know that in some way, during my time in volleyball and basketball, I've given something back in the form of enthusiasm, sportsmanship and determination to CYO for all that it has done for me. CYO sports has taught me many life lessons, but the most important thing is that it doesn't matter who you are, or where you come from, if you work hard and treat others with respect you can succeed at anything. And success does not equal winning, success is measured by the effort you put in and the way that you play the game."

The CYO office has awarded the Marty Mart Scholarship twice annually for the past 11 years to an outstanding participant in girls' CYO volleyball and in another CYO sport. The second scholarship will be awarded to an eighth-grade participant in other CYO sports this spring.

The award is given on the candidates' expression of Christian values experienced in sports and their ability to work with teammates and with other teams in exhibiting those Christian values. Athletic talent is not considered. Candidates submit an application asking for their reflections on "athletic abilities, sportsmanship, and the effects of their CYO participation on their daily life and their faith." They are also asked to provide a reference from an adult who is significant in their lives.

The scholarship is named in honor of the late Marty Mart, former CYO assistant director, who passed away in 2002.

(Bill Ford is CYO director for the Diocese of Oakland.)

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