This Saturday, Knights of Columbus (KC) throughout the world will engage in the Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Contest for boys and girls ages nine to 14. Registration will begin at St. Michael Catholic Church in Wheaton, Illinois at 6:00 p.m. The Contest will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Michael School Gymnasium and will continue until the last contestants have met their match.
The Contest is completely free to any of-age individuals to join, so make sure you bring a friend! The winner of each age group will move on to the District Contest that is scheduled to be held on February 8th at 8:00 a.m. in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
If the winners of the initial contest are not available for any reason to compete in the District Contest, the second place finishers will be invited to show their stuff and move on in the competition. The competition does not end there, in fact, the progression continues all way up to a National Championship!
This KC sponsored contest was established 40 odd years ago in 1972. The championship will allow kids within their age groups and genders to compete against one another.
Competitions can be sponsored as they are free for the public to join. Each council needs a Free Throw Championship Kit (#FT-KIT), a couple of basketballs, a basketball hoop and contestants.
While this is not a marketing event, it does allow for the public to see just how involved the Knights are in their area and to learn about the great things that they do. The contest also gives kids a free rewarding activity to join in on and potential future recognition for athletic excellence as well. It gets kids off the couch and out of the house for a few hours at least!
The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world. They were founded in 1882 by the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut. Named after explorer Christopher Columbus, the group originally served as a mutual benefit society to low-income immigrant Catholics. From there it developed into a fraternal service organization committed to providing acts of charity while promoting Catholic education and actively defending Catholicism in various nations.
There is approximately two million members; 15,000 councils; 200 of the councils on college campuses.
Only men can join the Knights of Columbus and only once they are 18 years of age or older. Each individual has the opportunity to achieve four degrees of Knighthood, each exemplifying a different principle of the Order.
Knights of Columbus Councils have been chartered in the U.S. Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Poland, Panama, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Cuba, and on various military bases throughout the world.
According to Wikipedia, “In 2012, the Order gave over US$167.5 million directly to charity and performed over 70 million man-hours of voluntary service, with over 413,000 pints of blood donated in 2010. The Order's insurance program has more than $90 billion of life insurance policies in force, backed up by $19.8 billion in assets, and holds the highest insurance ratings given by A. M. Best and the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association.
It is because they get involved that the Knights of Columbus are so steadfast in their beliefs about charity and giving. Hey dads, why not take your kids and get them to shoot around this Saturday night. You never know, both of you may benefit!