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ECYD Cup Includes Values & Encouragement from Roberto Carlos 

In just over a week (November 1-4), the ECYD Cup will happen in Madrid where teams from ECYD clubs compete in sports. This tournament focuses on virtues and got a some encouragement from Roberto Carlos.

Roberto Carlos’ Video 

Roberto Carlos was a top soccer player, considered the “most offensive-minded left-back in the history of the game.” He played for Real Madrid from 1996-2007 and was on the Brazilian team in three World Cups. He greeted the ECYD Cup with a video.

In the video, he says, “Hello to all. This year the ECYD Cup will happen in Madrid from November 1st through 4th. I wish luck to all the athletes: a big hug to you all. Good bye and good luck!”

The values of the ECYD Cup  

400 Athletes will compete at the Highlands School El Encinar near Madrid in three age categories.

Fr. José Ignacio de la Barreda, LC, director of ECYD at the Highlands school, explains that “each of the categories will have its first, second and third place. In the same way, in soccer there will be a trophy for top scorer and top goalkeeper. In basketball there will be the similar trophies.”

Now, the most important thing about the ECYD Cup goes beyond athletic success. As Fr. José Ignacio explains, the most important thing that these teenagers are going to take home are the values that they live during these days: “Sportsmanship, fair play, companionship… Of course, we must also count on spiritual values, he continues, as the experience of charity or participation in the liturgical life.” Throughout these days, he reminded us, there will be a chapel at the competition on the José Caballero pavilion.

Nine rules in sport 

The ECYD Cup employs nine rules in Sport for competition. They hope that the boys and girls in the competition can follow them to live the Spirit of ECYD at the ECYD Cup.

These are:

  1. Play clean above all.
  2. In sports, there are no enemies, only rivals.
  3. Basketball is not violence, but skill.
  4. If you can make mistakes, so can the referee.
  5. From the stands, everything looks easier.
  6. Insults never increase the score.
  7. If an opponent is hurt, fire the ball out of bounds.
  8. Bad methods result in bad games.
  9. There will always be someone who beats you. Accept it with sportsmanship.

You can read the original on Lo+RC, the Spanish Regnum Christi news site.


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Alex Kucera


Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!