State Youth Programs
State Youth Programs
The Virginia State Council believes strongly that supporting and educating the youth of today will lead to a more secure and prosperous tomorrow. To that end the State Council supports numerous youth programs and initiatives, designed to instruct, develop, and refine needed qualities in tomorrow’s leaders: faith, initiative, leadership ability and experience, intellectual ability, physical fitness, and sportsmanship. Click any link to learn more about what these programs have to offer and/or contact the program Chairman.
The Soccer Challenge
The Soccer Challenge is a penalty-kick contest, scoring points for where in the net the athlete kicks the ball. Council and District contests will be held in August and September timeframe, and the State championship will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at two different sites. Following is the time and location information for both sites.
Northern Virginia Area
Time: 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Location: Bishop Ireton High School at 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 noon
Location: Salem High School at 1993 Sun Devil Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
State Free Throw Championship
St. Gertrude's High School in Richmond on February 16, 2013. Council and District contests should be held in January and early February in preparation for the state championship. Parking for the state championship will be at Benedictine High School, due to the limited parking at St. Gertrude's. Check-in will run 8:30 - 9:15 AM. Any contestant not checked in by 9:15 will be unable to compete. Both contests are for young men and women, aged 10-14."
Free Throw championship – Supreme Council Link
Columbian Squires – Chairman Ruppert Beirne
The title “Columbian Squires” refers to two organizations, Squires and Squire Roses. Squires is the official Knights of Columbus youth program for Catholic men aged 10 to 18. Squire Roses is the official VA State Council Knights of Columbus youth program for Catholic women aged 10 to 18. The two programs are equal in nature and, thus far, co-locate for their Annual Meetings.
Scouting – Chairman George Costigan
Many of the 135+ Councils across the Commonwealth support the Boy Scouts of America through hosting Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venturing Crews. The Councils may offer a place to meet and adult leadership, financial backing, and/or advisors for special projects, such as the Ad Altare Dei award. For more information about Virginia Knights of Columbus Councils that support Scouting, contact George Costigan at the above e-mail address.
As the Latin above suggests, one desires a sound mind to go with the sound body. For that reason the State Council participates in two contests for kids. For those aged 8 to 14 we have the Poster Contest, which has children sketch about the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse. For older youth, specifically those in 8th through 12th grades, we sponsor an Essay Contest. The theme of the contest is ““The Importance of Religious Freedom.” If any Council is interested in participating in either contest, please contact the Chairman at the above e-mail address.
For more information on any of the Virginia State Council Youth activities, contact chairman Roy Blakeburn
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