GOYA Day at Holiday Hill

On September 20, 2014, over three hundred GOYAns and Advisors from parishes throughout New York and Connecticut gathered in Prospect, CT to celebrate the 8th Annual GOYA Day at Holiday Hill. The event, sponsored and subsidized by the Direct Archdiocesan District, serves as the official kick-off event of the GOYA Ecclesiastical Year and was a fun filled day of fellowship.

The Holiday Hill experience began with a morning prayer and introduction by Fr. Peter Orfanakos and Deacon Panagiotis Papazafiropoulos, the D.A.D. Director and Youth and Young Adult Ministries and continued with the GOYAns from twenty participating parishes reacquainting themselves with each other and rekindling friendships from Camp Saint Paul.

As the day continued the GOYAns participated in events such as a hula-hoop contest, pie eating contest, limbo contest, home run derby, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, egg toss, rock-climbing, mini-golf, tennis, volleyball, basketball, badminton, softball and soccer. They were also able to relax by taking a canoe, paddleboat or rowboat tour of the lake. Or they could take a simple swim in one of the two heated swimming pools.

A event with all these activities requires a lot of energy and there was plenty of food available for the teens to refuel and continue enjoying the festivities, beginning with a buffet that was available throughout the day, offering a soup bar, salad bar, taco bar, burgers and fries. Sprinkle in the cotton candy, fresh popped popcorn and Good Humor ice cream and you have a recipe for a delightful day.  Mark your calendar from now – next year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015 – and join in on the fun!