District Free Throw, Nov 10th

St Clement to host 2018’s District Free Throw Contest

Your Local K of C to Sponsored Youth Free Throw Championship

All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2018 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held on November 10th at 10 AM at St Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 343 S. Main St., Romeo, MI 48065.

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls 9 to 14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. Last year more than 120,000 sharpshooters participated in over 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 entry forms or additional information contact: Casey Pogodzinski, cpogo07@gmail.com, 586-484-2663 or Brian O’Curran, bocurran@gmail.com, 586-255-5350.  More info at http://www.RomeoKnights.com/Hoops18 

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is open to all boys and girls in your community, ages 9 to 14. Age eligibility is determined by the age of the contestant as of January 1. Proof of age is required. High school-age athletes should be advised to check with their school athletic directors or their state high school athletic associations regarding possible eligibility conflicts.


Ages 9, 10, 11 (Boys & Girls Competitions)

Use a women’s regulation-size basketball and shoot from a 12-foot foul line at a 10-foot-high basket. (NOTE: The normal foul line is 15 feet from the basket. Foul lines at 12 feet from the basket for 10- and 11-year-old divisions should be clearly marked with athletic or masking tape prior to the competition.)

Ages 12, 13, 14 (Girls Competitions)

Use a women’s regulation-size basketball and shoot from the regulation foul line 15 feet from a 10-foot- high basket.

Ages 12, 13, 14 (Boys Competitions)

Use a men’s regulation-size basketball and shoot from the regulation foul line 15 feet from a 10-foot-high basket.


Judges, scorers and rebounders will be selected by the Free Throw Championship chairman at the council level, by the district deputy at the district level, and by the state deputy at the regional and state levels. The recommended minimum is one judge, two scorers and a rebounder at each basket. It is recommended that volunteer parents be utilized in age groups other than the group(s) in which their child (children) competes. The judge will ensure that each participant receives the proper warm-up tosses and will point out any foul- shooting violations (see Scoring section). All questions will be resolved by the judges and Free Throw Championship chairman. Scorers should refer to the scoring instructions included on the entry form/score sheet. The rebounder will catch the ball and give to the next contestant.


Normal rules of basketball regarding free throws apply for all levels of competition. Free Throw violations include stepping on or over the line prior to the ball reaching the rim, or shots rebounding off the “out of bounds” basket support and equipment. Scorers should record baskets made and missed on each attempt according to the instructions on the entry form/score sheet. It is recommended that multiple scorers be assigned to each basket for scoring accuracy and comparison. All scores should be verified before the next contestant is allowed to shoot. The use of videotape recording of the competition is not recommended to resolve questions on scoring totals. The judges and scorers and actual entry form/score sheets should determine final scores.

Competition Levels

Council Level Each contestant receives three warm-up tosses followed by 15 consecutive Free Throw attempts from the appropriate age-designated foul line (see the Court/Equipment/Age section for proper ball sizes and foul line distances). To break a tie, contestants take a second round of five free throws. No warm-up tosses are permitted for the tie-breaker rounds. Successive rounds of five free throws each continue until a winner emerges.

District, Regional, State Levels Each contestant receives three warm-up tosses followed by 25 consecutive free throw attempts from the foul line. To break a tie, contestants take a second round of five free throws. No warm-up tosses are permitted for the tie-breaker rounds. Successive rounds of five free throws each continue until a winner emerges.

International Level International champions are determined on the basis of best scores submitted from the state-level competitions in each age category.

In the event that a winner in any level cannot participate in the next level of competition, the second- place winner should represent the area for that age group

If you’d like us to send your parents (or someone in your household who’s 18 or more) a reminder of this event, please fill out the form below.  You will receive 1 email and/or 1 text message.  Your information will then be deleted and not retained.

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The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.8 million members in 15,000 local councils. Last year, Knights donated over 70 million volunteer hours and $170 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, culture of life, families and youth.


Installation of Officers 2018

Saturday night we attended the 2018 Installation of Officers for District # 24.  The ceremony was held at St John Vianney with 5 councils attending.  In the thoughts of Gary Kopp, a heartfelt thank you for the service of the outgoing officers.  Another crop of men have stepped up to do the good work of the order.

This is some of the team for one quick drink afterwards at Youngers in Romeo.  One and done!



Welcome Brothers

St Clement had the privilege to host a First Degree ceremony last night.   Several councils showed up and we welcomed six new brothers to the benefits of membership.  Thanks to the officers of the respective councils for driving attendance and participation.

Thanks to Gary ( DJ Rapper name “Gary Fuzzy Koppalicious” ) Kopp to keep the juicy tunes going all night long.


Vet’s Returning Home

What do we do with the money we collect?  Many worthy things.  This is another example of the causes we support.  Thank you for support the Knights so we can support others.  vets returning

Note to self: We need to get Gary an oversized, clown checkbook, those checks look much better in pictures.

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Worthy Officers:

I had the privilege of presenting a check to Sandy Bower, founder of Vet’s Returning Home. The check was funded by the five Councils of District # 24: St. Paul of Tarsus, St. John Vianney, SS John & Paul, St. Isidore, and St. Clement.

Proud to be a Veteran and a Knight.

Vivat Jesus,

Gary E. Kopp
District Deputy – District #24
PGK – # 11772


Message Recieved


St Clement hosted a “listening session” last night.  Sponsored by the State Officers and attended by a very large geography of the Archdiocese of Detroit.  We had just over 90 men show up representing Councils from all over SE Detroit.   The State Officers lead a discussion on the programs and activities that are resulting in growing Councils.  There was a tremendous amount of discussion and many ideas were offered.

Thank you to Father Steve for allowing us to use the social hall.  Many people commented on our beautiful church and it’s facilities.  Russ Morgan, thanks for getting the audio and presentation gear in order.   And a big thanks to Steve Betka, Lester Ottenwalder, Mark DiPaola, Joe Suminski, Marcel VanDaele and, of course, our very own barista Dan O’Brien for the leading the coffee bar.  You guys jumped in and helped just because I asked.  I do appreciate you!

Donations for Compassion Pregnancy Center

Our illustrious District Deputy Gary Kopp leads our efforts to protect, preserve and encourage life with Compassion Pregnancy Center in Clinton Township.   Gary’s District #24 has been very active in their support of this ministry.   It’s great when “support” shows up in the form a pallet of supplies.

Gary, thank you for your leadership and unselfish desire to help all God’s children.


The Councils of District # 24 are:

St. Clement of Rome, #7018, Romeo MI (link)
St. Paul of Tarsus, #11689, 41300 Romeo Plank Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48038 (link)
St. Isadore,  #7200, 18201 23 Mile Rd, Macomb, MI 48042 (link)
St. John Vianney, #11772, 54045 Schoenherr Rd, Shelby Charter Township, MI 48315 (link)
SS John and Paul, #16630, 7777 28 Mile Rd, Washington, MI 48094 (link)

Compassion Pregnancy Center
(586) 783-2229
24 Hour Helpline: 1-800-712-HELP (4357)
37540 S. Gratiot, Suite 100
Clinton Township, MI 48036