Knightettes raise money for the Autism Society of Minnesota
The Knightettes came together with six other teams on December 4 for The Catholic Jamboree. Many of the other events that the Knightettes compete in are judged, but at this event the Knightettes were not aiming to win a ribbon or trophy; their mission was to raise money for autism research and awareness.
The proceeds of t-shirts, admissions, and money made from the half-time game, Heads or Tails, went to the Autism Society of Minnesota (AUSM). This was chosen by the coaches of the Holy Angels dance team, Kelly Newlin and Kerry Marshall, and supported by the Knightette coaches, Tracy Standal and Kelly McGinnis.
Marshall has a personal connection with AUSM since her nine-year-old cousin, Tim Steinke, was diagnosed with autism at a young age. AUSM has been helping autistic children and their families since 1971. “It’s a great cause,” said junior Alex Bonvino, “You know that the donation you’re giving is making a difference.”
Although this event was previously known as Catholic Quad, the name changed this year because of the increased number of participating teams, including Totino Grace, Holy Angels, St. Cloud Cathedral, Holy Family, Hill Murray, and New Ulm Cathedral. “St. Cloud Cathedral is probably our biggest competition,” said captain Alexa Kubinski.
Unlike the end of the season invitational, Catholic Quad, The Catholic Jamboree was not staged as a competition, but rather as a chance for the participating teams to be critiqued by judges. “I think we did very well at kick; it was the best so far,” said captain Maddy Moore, “We get better every competition.”
As for the rest of the season, the girls hope to make State for both high kick and jazz. “Our willingness to improve will make us go far,” said captain Amanda Gales. In addition to improving their skills, the Knightettes hope to bond as a team and embody their motto, “One team, one heart.”