Knights of Columbus event hosts big crowd


By Melony Henderson - Sports Editor



Anita Flores, fourth grader at Coats Elementary School, was one of the 10 girls who competed on Saturday at the soccer challenge.


Christian Satiago nailed his first kick on Saturday morning. Christian is 12 years old and attends Dunn Middle School.


A big crowd showed up for the Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge, which took place at Hobbton High School.


Estoban Lopez tries to perfect his form kicking the soccer ball. Lopez is 9 years old and attends Sunset Elementary School.


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.

Anita Flores, fourth grader at Coats Elementary School, was one of the 10 girls who competed on Saturday at the soccer challenge.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Anita-Flores.jpgAnita Flores, fourth grader at Coats Elementary School, was one of the 10 girls who competed on Saturday at the soccer challenge.

Christian Satiago nailed his first kick on Saturday morning. Christian is 12 years old and attends Dunn Middle School.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Christian-Santiago.jpgChristian Satiago nailed his first kick on Saturday morning. Christian is 12 years old and attends Dunn Middle School.

A big crowd showed up for the Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge, which took place at Hobbton High School.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Knight-of-Columbus-participants.jpgA big crowd showed up for the Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge, which took place at Hobbton High School.

Estoban Lopez tries to perfect his form kicking the soccer ball. Lopez is 9 years old and attends Sunset Elementary School.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Estoban-Lopez.jpgEstoban Lopez tries to perfect his form kicking the soccer ball. Lopez is 9 years old and attends Sunset Elementary School.

By Melony Henderson

Sports Editor

Melony Henderson can be reached at mhenderson@civitasmedia.com.

Melony Henderson can be reached at mhenderson@civitasmedia.com.

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