For many years, Mo Iorio was a name synonymous with the Kid Club, a highly successful and thriving before- and after-school program for latch-key kids in Lathrop.
But while her name was a buzzword to many households in the city, and was a familiar face to hundreds of youth and their parents for more than a decade, she was just as popular – if not even far more so – to thousands of people at St. Anthony of Padua School where she was CYO athletic director for many years as well as a PE teacher and handled yard duty. Her total stint at the parochial school in Manteca actually spanned two decades before she went to work for the city of Lathrop.
Maureen Elizabeth “Mo” Iorio passed away on March 24, 2014. But memories of her more than two-dozen years at St. Anthony’s live on, and will be the focus on Saturday, Oct. 25, when CYO celebrates is annual Spirit Week highlighted by an alumni game in honor of the athletic organization’s former athletic director, the late Mo Iorio.
There will be three different games – for high school alumni, women’s alumni, and men’s alumni – with the games starting at 5:20 p.m. in the school gymnasium right after the eighth-grade championship game.
Held in conjunction with the championship and alumni games will be a fund-raiser for a memorial scholarship in memory of Iorio. There will be a 50/50 raffle, and snacks will be sold as part of the fund-raiser. Donations for the raffle are welcome. There will be a small entrance fee for the alumni games.
There will be a $20 registration fee for those who want to play in the alumni games. Each participant will receive a jersey. Helping sponsor this memorial event include the Chase Chevrolet in Stockton, Financial Credit Union in Stockton, Mountain Mike’s in Manteca which is donating pizza as well as volunteer services, and J&J Printing in Manteca which is helping with the T-shirts for the players and banners.
All proceeds from the fund-raiser will be used to start a scholarship for children who can’t afford to participate in the CYO basketball games, said Iorio’s daughter Kelly.
A longtime parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Iorio and her family moved to Manteca when her father came to work at Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass plant in Lathrop.
When she lost her job as athletic director for CYO at St. Anthony’s, she decided to go back to school and went to California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock to finish her bachelor’s degree. She attended night school and continued to do so after she got the job with the city of Lathrop.
Anyone interested in contributing to the fund-raiser, or in participating in the alumni games, contact CYO athletic director Roman Alvarez at email@example.com or Kelly Iorio at 209.815.3184. You can also log on to www.stanthonyruadrunners.com for information on all event dates and times.