(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)
South Boston students got their time in the spotlight Saturday, at the Knights of Columbus – Pere Marquette’s free throw competition Saturday.
Held at the Walsh Gym in South Boston, kids ages 10 -14 went head-to-head with their neighbors to judge who really had the sweetest shot.
“We love doing things like this,” said Steve Greig, a member of the South Boston Knights’ chapter. “It helps us build relationships in the community and gives the kids some to do on a Saturday.”
Many of the kids competing Saturday wore their game face, but in reality the event was about hanging out with friends and neighbors.
“This is a lot of fun,” said Chris Skerry, a 14-year-old from South Boston. “It’s something to do on a Saturday and it’s with all my friends, so I like it.”
Once the points are tallied, the winners from the South Boston competition will move onto the district competition. Then the best from the district competition will move onto regionals Mar. 17. Eventually there will be a state competition featuring all the top scorers from across Massachusetts and although competition was the name of the game Saturday, many parents were just happy to see the Knights in the neighborhood helping out the kids.
“This is a great opportunity for the kids to show off to each other the skills they have,” said Terry Fitzgerald, a South Boston residents whose son was competing Saturday. “A lot of these kids would be walking around the streets doing nothing, if it wasn’t for this.”
The free throw competition is not something new for the Knights. They have held the competition in the past, but recently have begun becoming more active in the community.
“We have some great members who are really looking to give back to the community,” said Bob Nelson, a member of the Knights. “A lot of these kids have never really heard of us or the competition and it’s a new deal for them and from what I’ve seen they seem really enthused.”
Although competition was tough, the kids were all smiles in the end, happy to spend a Saturday afternoon in the gym.
“These are the moments you will always remember,” said Tyler Woolf, a ten-year-old from South Boston.