About Us

How ACYS got its start....
 

ACYS was started in 1986 by a group of five spiritually minded men whose kids participated in youth sports in the Altamonte area.  Led by George Schank these men endeavored to begin a youth sports league based on biblical principles like integrity, fairness, teamwork, accountability, mutual respect and love.  Their desire was to create an environment where the well-being of children would be put first over a win-at-all-cost attitude; a place where if you weren’t the best player on the team you still received an opportunity to play and have fun.  Most importantly, they desired to create a league that honored God not only in word but in action by modeling Christian values through its programs, policies, and people.  “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”  Proverbs 22:6  They began with an idea, two teams, a set of Bylaws and the faith that God would bless it. 
 

Today, ACYS has grown into one the largest multi-sport youth sports leagues in Central Florida. Each season it provides a fun, safe and instructional environment where kids can be kids while learning to play sports and experience important life lessons along the way. ACYS registers nearly 3,000 participants, to some 300 teams over five sports: soccer, flag football, cheer squad, basketball and cross country. Soccer has the largest following and is played in both the Fall and Spring of each year.  The remaining sports play only once a year; football and cheer squad in the winter and basketball and cross country just after the new year.  Most seasons run in succession without overlap to allow kids the opportunity to play every sport they choose.  Currently, only soccer has a competitive division called Spirit United which provides a venue for the more advanced athletes to develop and showcase their skills in soccer.
 
ACYS will always be mindful of its humble beginning and the Christian values it was built upon.  We believe God will continue to work through the many parents, coaches and volunteers to positively impact the children and families of Central Florida.  Our prayer is for Him to continue to equip ACYS and touch lives in a positive way through sports.

 


Philosophies
 

Open Registration - ACYS is open to all children ages 4 and older who want to register. Interest, enthusiasm, and a good attitude are the only criteria for playing.

Positive Coaching - Winning is more than the score at the end of the game. It begins with an attitude of caring and understanding. Coaches, referees, and parents are urged to offer positive feedback and encouragement to players, rather than negative criticism.

Everyone Plays - Our goal is for everyone to have fun playing sports. We believe each player should have ample opportunity to do so. Therefore, every player on a team must play at least half of every game.

Good Sportsmanship - We desire to create a healthy, competitive environment based on Christian values, rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude. In addition to skill  development, every ACYS program is designed to teach fair-play and good sportsmanship.


 
Mission Statement


Our mission is to glorify God by developing and operating sports programs based on biblical principles where young people can learn Christian values by participating in a healthy, competitive sports environment.

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