Knights are involved in many activities every day of the year. If you want to help, start with your local Council and Parish. This page contains information about some of our larger, ongoing activities. Please consider participating in these, or any other program/activity with the Knights!
Youth – Safe Environment
Often program will involve youth, and it’s paramount to keep them safe.
Utah Knights of Columbus Special Olympics
Utah Knights of Columbus continues its tradition of strong support for Special Olympics. Assemblies and councils can support an athlete, make a donation or participate in an activity. In 2016 we had two Color Corps averaging 14 men per event and over 1,500 athletes were “High-Fived”. We have many special events planned for this year.
Additionally, your financial support is vital to the continued success of this program. We are aiming for support from 100% of the councils this year. You can lend your support right now. Any amount will be accepted (it costs about $250 to support one athlete for one year). Just print out the form, fill in the information, include your check, and mail it to the address on the form. Any amount will be accepted. The contribution form is on the bottom of the Calendar of Events above.
No job is complete until the paperwork is done! The following form can be used to report your Special Olympics contributions to Supreme. For every council that reports, even $1.00 contributed or 1 hour of service, Utah Special Olympics athletes benefit. When more councils report, our athletes receive more support from Supreme. Get the Supreme Reporting Form.
Utah Knights of Columbus Endowment Scholarship
The Utah State Council of the Knights of Columbus is pleased to announce the annual endowment scholarship. The scholarship was established through the vision of the Utah State Council of the Knights of Columbus.
OBJECTIVE: The objective is to assist a Catholic student, graduating from a Utah high school, with their expenses during their first year of continuing education at a college, university or technical institute of their choice.
ELIGIBILITY: The scholarship is available to Utah students who are graduating from high school this year who are:
- A member in a Utah council of the Knights of Columbus in good standing
- A child of a Utah council member of the Knights of Columbus in good standing
- A child under the legal guardianship of a Utah Council member of the Knights of Columbus in good standing
- A child of a deceased member of a Utah council of the Knights of Columbus who was in good standing at the time of death.
- The applicant must have maintained a minimum average GPA of 2.0.
- The applicant must be able to show acceptance to the college, university or technical institute of their choice.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION: The Scholarship Committee must receive a complete package in order to be considered for the scholarship (address is in the packet). The application packet must be delivered (or postmarked) by midnight on March 15th of the graduating year. There will be no exceptions to the deadline.
The winner of the scholarship will be announced at the Saturday Banquet of the Utah Knights of Columbus State Convention.
Entries in the Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest must fall under one of these topics: Alcohol Awareness and Abuse & Drug Awareness and Abuse. Each poster must include a slogan reflecting either of the topics and an original visual image. Posters may only be entered under one topic. Overview and information
Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest
Conducting a Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster Contest is an excellent way to get the young people of your community thinking about the true meaning of Christmas. Overview and information on Keep Christ in Christmas programs and the poster contest guidebook.
The Knights of Columbus Essay Contest is open to students graduating from Catholic elementary schools and Catholic high schools. The goal of the Knights Essay Contest is to give students the opportunity to define the role of a Catholic Citizen in a Free Society, and to strengthen the bond between the Knights of Columbus and Catholic schools. The theme of the Knights Essay Contest is announced each year (e.g., “The Importance of Religious Freedom”). Essays must be typed on 8.5″ x 11″ paper, one side, double spaced, with one-inch margins. Essays must be between 500 and 750 words long. The official responsible for the contest is the grand knight of the sponsoring council, or faithful navigator of the sponsoring assembly.
Councils/Assemblies should consider monetary awards along with certificates for winners in each category. Information from Supreme Council
Parochial schools, under the auspices of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, have mission statements that serve to develop the whole child according to the dictates of the Gospel and the Catholic Church and are commissioned by the Church and delegated by parents to teach the children entrusted to their care. The Schools provide well-rounded programs by addressing the spiritual, academic, social, psychological, aesthetic and physical development of each person. The Utah Knights of Columbus, in the furtherance of the mission of the Diocese of Salt Lake, assist by recognition, encouragement and eeward of Parochial School students and educators in their accomplishments in the field of science. The Knights of Columbus Diocesan Science Fair is open to all Diocesan Middle School students in grades 6, 7, and 8. All participants must have the approval of their teacher and parents. A project entry form must be completely filled out and given to the school representative for each exhibit and all fees paid prior to the fair. The Diocesan Science Fair is held annually in February. Science Fair Chairman Alfred Martinez will provide information as the date of the event approaches. Trophies and bonds are awarded for 1st place winners in their categories.
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship
Held annually, the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 (age as of January 1). The championship is set up to have the contestants compete within their own gender and age group. All competition starts at the local level (in January). Winners move on to the district (February) and state (March) levels. International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Ages 9, 10 and 11 (boys & girls) use a women’s regulation-sized basketball and shoot from a 12-foot foul line. Ages 12, 13, and 14 (girls) use a women’s regulation-sized basketball and shoot from the regulation foul line, 15 feet from the basket. Ages 12, 13, and 14 (boys) use a men’s regulation-sized basketball and shoot from the regulation foul line, 15 feet from the basket. At the Council level each contestant shoots 15 consecutive Free Throws. At the District and State level each contestant shoots 25 consecutive Free Throws. In some cases, the Council and District levels may be held at the same time. Certificates are given for the Council level winners. Medallions are given for the District level winners. Trophies are given for the State level winners. Information from Supreme Council. The official rules are available for review here updated for 2019 here.
Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge
The Soccer Challenge is a competition designed for boys and girls ages 9-14 to demonstrate the most challenging of soccer skills; the penalty kick. Each player is allowed 15 shots at the goal from the penalty line. The goal is divided into a series of five scoring zones. The upper corners of the goal are designated as 20 point zones. The lower corners are designated as 10 point zones and the central region is a five-point zone. Judges, scorers and ball catchers will be on hand at the challenge. All competitors must register using the official Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge Entry Form/Score Sheet. Contestants must be residents of the State of Utah to enter. Ages 9, 10 and 11 (Boys & Girls Competitions) use a regulation-sized soccer ball (#4) and shoot from the 10-yard line. 12, 13 and 14 year old girls and boys use a regulation size soccer ball (#5) and shoot from the 10-yard line. The Challenge is at the State level. Trophies and Plaques are awarded to first, second and third place winners in each division. Information from Supreme Council (updated for Faith in Action)
Culture of Life
Every life is sacred, from the moment of conception till natural death. As Knights of Columbus, we are called to defend the dignity of each human being at every stage and work together in building a culture of life and a civilization of love.
Volunteer Opportunities at the VA Hospital!
If you have the time.
You may serve the VA hospital in a full time or part time position. The hospital needs all volunteers from telephone reminders to drivers. No position is too small. Please contact Ray Lopez or visit the VAVS hospital web site for information on how to volunteer. You may also contact Belinda Karabatsos Manager, Voluntary Service Office (801) 584-1241.
Thank You or Christmas Cards.
The Veterans Affairs are looking for Thank You notes or Christmas cards from children to a vet in need. These are always a welcome sight to someone passing the days in the hospital. Your CCD classes would be the perfect place to get them. Rules for cards are: FIRST NAMES ONLY. No last names or any other contact information please. The safety of the children is in mind. NO GLITTER it could interfere with medical equipment. If you want the cards to be Christmas card this year they must be to me no later than Dec. 14th so I can get them to the VA. Lap Blankets. The VA gives lap blankets to the Vets who stay at the hospital as a small gift. It is a nice home touch while they are there. They are always in a need of replacing blankets given away. If you are organizing a drive or sewing project all they ask is the blankets are 3ft X 5ft with no fringe so they do not interfere with wheelchair operations.
More opportunities to visit our vets
On occasion we are called to deliver gifts to our veterans. These occasions are usually around Christmas, Veteran’s Day, Flag Day and Valentines Day. Please contact your Grand Knight or Faithful Navigator for more information. Note to anyone who volunteers: If you participate in any event, color guard, or simply shaking hands please forward a list of everyone who helped and hours spent. It does not matter if they are a Knight or not. The Veterans Affairs Volunteer Services (VAVS) want to make sure we get credit for all hours served. This is valuable information not only to the Knights, but to VAVS. Thank you, John Wainscott, FSD Veterans Affairs Rep.
Utah Veterans Wheelchair Project
Fellow Knights, The Utah Veterans Wheelchair Project, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Assembly 1146, Utah County, have raised enough money for an entire shipment of wheelchairs, 110 in all. Since 2003, Knights of Columbus have sponsored the delivery of more than 40,000 wheelchairs around the world to people in dire need of mobility. This has been done through the American Wheelchair Mission. The average cost of $150.00 for each new wheelchair. These chairs sell for over $500.00 in a medical supply store. If you know of a VA clinic in your area would you check with them to see if they could use wheelchairs. Then let me know of the location and number of chairs needed. If you know of a individual Veteran that is in need of a wheelchair let me know. Everyone interested in this project should advise us of how many of you are interested in helping us with donations and how many chairs you or your Council/Assembly would like to sponsor. It would be great if each Faithful Navigator would respond after talking with his Councils. Contact Ray Folks at 801-423-2132 or John Wainscott at 801-943-2429. Lets give a little back to those Veterans that gave a lot for our FREEDOMS. Vivat Jesus, Ray Folks, FC/District Master
Drug/Alcohol Abuse Awareness Video Contest
Utah high school students can produce a 30-second video public service announcement promoting drug and alcohol abuse prevention. The entries are all online and are due by May 15th. All details are in the entry form.
All the submission will be coming directly to the State Council, so no collection or judging needs to be done by councils. All councils need to do is promote the contest among Utah high school students who are Catholic, including those not attending a Catholic high school.