Story by Tess Sousek
McCOOL JUNCION (SNR) - Diocesan members will have the chance to test their strength, endurance, and Catholic knowledge Oct. 23 to win the “Kateri Cup” at the Tekakwitha Games.
Held on the grounds of Camp Kateri near McCool Junction, the Tekakwitha Games is a fundraiser to support the camp in moving forward with their strategic plan.
Three teams of 50 people will compete in relay races, Scripture and saint trivia, and other challenges in order to win the Kateri Cup. Winners of prior events get the best seed in the
“Lily of the Mohawk Relay,” and the winners of the relay receive the Cup and a medal of St. Kateri Tekakwitha.
Russell Koos, executive director of Camp Kateri, said the Tekakwitha Games are a means to support the camp, but also bring the community together for a day of fun and festivities.
“It’s one of the new events we created as part of a development plan to ensure that camp has the resources it needs to move forward,” Koos said.
Individuals can sign up online at tekakwithagames.org. When registering, individuals choose which team they want to be on, based on the virtues and name of each team.
“We’ve been running the Tekakwitha Games out at SKY camp the last three years,” Koos said, “so a lot of kids are familiar with it. This is our community version.”
Although children must be 10 years or older to participate, the event is family-friendly and feasible for people of all abilities. Koos said they hope to make the Tekakwitha Games and annual event and look forward to expanding the teams in the future.
The cost is $20 per person, which includes a team t-shirt, and all of proceeds go toward Camp Kateri. School and youth groups may qualify for discounted rates.
For more information or to register, go to tekakwithagames.org.