Spirit Lake K of C to Sponsor Youth Free Throw Championship
Now open to 9-year-olds
SPIRIT LAKE – All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2018 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local contest will be held Sunday, January 14 at 1 p.m. at the Spirit Lake High School west gymnasium, on Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake. Registration and practice begins at 12:30 p.m. And age levels have been extended: 9-year-olds are welcome to participate!
Registration forms are available at area middle schools and must be signed by a parent. There is no fee to register, and children of all faiths are welcome to enjoy positive and healthy competition with other youth in the Iowa Great Lakes community. Forms are also available the day of the championship, or by texting 712-330-6371, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, regional and state competitions. International champions are announced by the Knights of Columbus international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions.
All boys and girls 9 to 14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. Last year more then 130,000 sharpshooters participated in more than 3,000 local competitions.
Each competitor receives a participation certificate, with winners taking home a medal in the local championship, or trophy in the district championship. The highest-scoring state winner receives the International Championship Crystal Trophy.
Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043 is one of the most active in Iowa, in the past year contributing more than $18,000 to local community needs, including Hope Haven, Iowa Helping Hands Fund, American Wheelchair Mission, the Grotto of the Redemption, Cherish House, Lauren Schell’s India Mission, Women of the Well Project, Honor Flight for Veterans, as well as to local family, community and parish needs. Local Knights sponsor annual youth events including the Free Throw Competition and the Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee. They also run the Tootsie Roll Drive for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Labor Day weekend, benefiting local organizations.
The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members in more than 14,000 local councils. Last year, Knights donated more than 71 million volunteer hours and $173 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, families and youth.