Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge


Knights of Columbus

Competitors at the Destrict Hall for the Knights of Columbus soccer shootout

Camilo Zeballos, Reporter

On October 6th, 2018, the Knights of Columbus had their annual soccer challenge at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Competitors in this event hoped to reach their regional event later this year and go on to compete in States.

The Knights of Columbus are the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization that was founded in 1882 by  Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut. During this soccer challenge, girls and boys ages 9-14 attempt to score by hitting markers set in the soccer goals. They begin the competition at their local Catholic church or school by competing against other kids their own age. The top 3 kids from each age level will move on to then compete at the district hall. Once at the district hall, it proceeds in a similar manner, and the top three girls and boys from each age level move on to the regional event.

Their goal with this soccer challenge is to give youth a way to express themselves and have fun without turning to other things that might get them into trouble, such as drugs and other vices. They usually hold competitions at local Catholic churches and schools once a year, and invite anyone eligible to play. Their hope is to show kids other ways of having fun and find something they love. They also have a basketball shootout in case you don’t like soccer.