Winners of the 2016 Knights of Columbus Wabash Council Free Throw Championship were (from left to right) Coleson Kugler, Dominic Baker, Olivia Braun, Grant Ford, Jenna Garrett, Dave Ford, Brianna Freeman Justin Garrett, Robert Ford. Photo provided
By The Paper staff
The Knights of Columbus had its annual Wabash Council Free Throw Championship on Saturday Feb.4 at the Wabash County YMCA gym.
The annual competition is for boys and girls ages 9 – 14. Since its beginning in 1972, over 2.5 million youths have participated in the contest. Last year more than 120,000 sharpshooters participated in over 3,600 local competitions.
Winners of the 2016 Knights of Columbus Wabash Council Free Throw Championship were Coleson Kugler, Dominic Baker, Olivia Braun, Grant Ford, Jenna Garrett, Dave Ford, Brianna Freeman Justin Garrett, Robert Ford
Immediately following the Wabash Council completion competitors from Huntington arrived to compete against the Wabash Council winners for the District Championship.
Winners of the 2016 Knights of Columbus District Free Throw Championship Isaac Schriber, Dominic Baker, Olivia Braun, Brianna Freeman, Jenna Garrett, Grant Ford, Dave Ford, Justin Garrett, Olivia Godfrey, Robert Ford.
Winners of the District Free Throw Championship are eligible to participate in the North East Regional competition. This championship brings together other district winners in North East part of the state. The Regional Championship Feb. 19 at the St. Vincent de Paul School Gym in Fort Wayne.
Winners at regional level are then eligible to compete for the state title. Winners of the state title have their scores compared with winners from other states and countries to crown International Knights of Columbus Free Throw Champions.
The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.8 million members. Last year, Knights donated over 70 million volunteer hours and $167.5 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, culture of life, families, and youth.
The Wabash Knights of Columbus would like to thank all the participants of this year’s Council and District championships. In addition, a special thank you to the Wabash County YMCA and Bill Barrows for the use of the facility and the cooperation extended to the Knights.