Start planning now to get your free throw contest off to a running start.
The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship program is a great way to provide entertainment and enjoyment for the young people in your community. To start planning, there are steps that you should keep in mind:
Order the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Kit (#FT-KIT) using this order form. You can also use the order form in the Council Report Forms Booklet (#1436), or call the Department of Fraternal Mission at 203-752-4270.
Schedule a date and location for the event. Contact schools, community centers and youth centers to reserve a basketball court. January is recommended for council competitions, February for district competitions, and March/April for regional and state championships.
Sign ‘em up! Your Free Throw Championship Kit contains posters announcing the contest. Obtain permission to display them in schools, youth and community centers, and church vestibules. Make sure that entry forms/score sheets (#1598) are also available at these locations. Preregister contestants whenever possible.
Enlist help from schools. Ask school superintendents, principals and athletic directors to promote your championship.
See if schools will hold preliminary competitions as part of their intramural or physical education programs. High school athletes should be reminded to check with their state high school athletic association about possible eligibility conflicts. Don’t forget to contact and invite the recreational and youth basketball programs in your community.
Build public interest. Use the sample press release in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Rules, Regulations, Tips and Information Guide (#1928) to announce your championship. Retype the release on council letterhead, giving the details of your championship. Deliver or send it, along with clip art logos, to the editors of both local news and sports sections.
After the competition, be sure to send out a press release announcing the winners. When sending press releases to radio or television stations always use the program’s official name: “Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.”
Be sure to send in the Participation Report Form (FT-1). This form provides the Supreme Council with informational statistics, which enables the contest to continue to be a success.
To assist you in promoting your Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship event, the Supreme Council offers the following items that are available in the Free Throw Kit(#FT-KIT) that can be ordered using the FT-KIT form.
The Free Throw Championship Kit (#FT-KIT) contains everything your council needs to organize a free throw competition for 75 participants. Items included are:
|Item||Form #||Cost (US Funds)|
|Competition Basketballs (Pkg of 12)||FT-322||$180|
|Free Throw Patches (Pkg of 25)||FT-P||$30|
|Council Plaques Council Championship (12)||FT-310||$120|
|Regional Championship Trophies (12)||FT-311||$165|
|State Championship Trophies (12)||FT-312||$165|
When ordering materials, please use the online request form when available; or mail or fax a Requisition Form (#1).
Orders made online or faxed in should not be mailed because it may result in duplicate order. Please allow four weeks to ensure delivery by the event.
|Department||Postal Service||Telephone / Fax|
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