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Knights of Columbus to sponsor free-throw championship for youths

All boys and girls ages nine to 14 are invited to participate in the free (no entry fee) local-level of competition for the 2014 Knights of Columbus (K of C) Free-Throw Championship.

The local competition will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Clarke Community High School gym. Doors will open at 1p.m. for registration and warm-up. The competition will start at 1:30 p.m.

The winners of the local competition will be eligible to participate in the district competition held 1:30 p.m. Feb. 2, at Clarke Community Jr. High School gym. They will be competing against the winners from Creston, Chariton and Leon/Mount Ayr for the privilege to advance to the regional contest.

The Knights of Columbus Free-Throw Championship is held annually with the winners progressing through local, district and state competition.

International champions are announced by the K of C International Headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls ages nine to 14 are eligible to participate and will compete in respective age divisions.

Age eligibility is determined by the age of the contestant as of Jan. 1. Last year, more than 120,000 sharpshooters participated in 3,600 local competitions.

All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For additional information contact Bernard Schade at 641-342-6317.

The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with nearly 1.8 million members in more than 14,500 local councils. Last year, Knights donated 70 million volunteer hours and $162 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, families and youths.

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