Approximately 45 youngsters showed up on Saturday morning to participate in the Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge shootout, which is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Catholic Church (men’s group) in Newton Grove.
The event was held at Hobbton High School.
The children were excited about competing against each other to see who was the most accurate shooter was from various distances and angles. Michael Giddens, a member of the men’s group, said the kids were very respectful and said he saw some of the older kids assisting the younger kids with kicking the ball.
The Knights of Columbus Catholic Church serves Sampson, Wayne and Johnson counties. The church also gives to exceptional children’s programs in five schools. The group raises funds through tootsie roll donations and three fish frys during the Lent season, with proceeds going to others in need.
Florentino Rodriguez, the director of the Soccer Challenge, said they had 10 girls participating and about 35 boys. Age groups were 9-11 and 12-14.
“These kids love the game of soccer and are looking forward to participating,” noted Rodriguez.
The winners progress through local, district and state competitions. International champions are announced by the Knights of Columbus headquarters in New Haven, Conn., based on scores from the state level competitions.
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