Knights of Columbus Free-Throw Contest a success
The annual Free Throw Championship sponsored by the Knights of Columbus drew a crowd of happy kids throughout Milford to St. Mary School on Sunday, Jan. 17.
This competition was open to boys and girls of ages 9 to 14.
Also, free snacks, Gatorade and water were provided to everyone.
After registration, the Grand Knight Adam Baranowsky and the chairman and a Fourth Degree Knight Steve Fenton welcomed everyone and went over the rules.
Next, the participants began to shoot hoops from 1:30 until 3 p.m.
Each player was allowed 15 shots and three warm-ups.
The winners are as follows:
9 year old girls: Faith Doyle; 9 year old boys: Brian Goglia; 10 year old girls: Teresa Shugrue; 10 year old boys: William Swanson; 11 year old boys: Will Heitmann; 12 year old boys: Eli Gonzalez; 13 year old girls: Bridget Collins and 13 year old boys: Jack Caldwell.
Caldwell, who made 14 shots, said he enjoys basketball and has been on his team, the Milford Indians, for three years.
“It’s more of having fun than to compete,” said a Knight and volunteer at the contest, Nelson Rivera.
Participants received certificates and the winners were awarded with plaques and medals. These awards were given to a boy and girl of each age who made the most hoops.
“I think it’s important because it gives them a little inside of what a competition is like, helps kind of get them together with their friends, out of the house, doing other things, and into a nice environment where they can have fun,” Baranowsky said.
The foul shooting contest does not end here. According to Fenton, those who won on Sunday can go on to more competitions. They begin at the district level, and continue to regional, then state and finally national championship. A big convenience for those who qualify for the national championship is they do not need to leave the state.
“I believe competitive events such as this one help a child become a more well rounded individual. These events are not only fun, but help demonstrate sportsmanship,” said Fenton.
Fenton kept very busy during this basketball event, especially in the beginning when he had to properly set everything up. He had to sign up players and get the volunteers situated, but most importantly had fun and is grateful for the others who helped.
“Since this was the first time I was chairman, it was great to have the support of the Grand Knight Adam Baranowsky as well as the many Knights who turned out to help.”
Basketball has always been part of Fenton’s life.
“Basketball has been my favorite sport since I can remember,” he said. ”I played when I was younger and also coached for several years when my children played at St Mary.”
Baranowsky enjoys the happiness this day brings to many. “I like that [the kids] get involved with it,” he said. “I like that our council members have a good time with it too, so not just kids’ smiles, but a lot of our Knights’ smiles also.”