The local round of the annual Elks Hoop Shoot, a national free throw tournament, is coming up Jan. 5 in Gas City.
Grant County kids who will be ages 8 to 13 as of April 1, 2019, are invited to compete. Participants in the Elks Hoop Shoot compete to make the most of 25 free throws. Winners advance through district, state, and regional competitions, with the ultimate goal of reaching the national finals, which will be held April 27, 2019, in Chicago. National champions are honored in a display at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. (Thirteen Indiana competitors have earned the national champion title since 1972-73, when the competition started. The most recent Hoosier champion was in 2009-10. Click here to view the list of champions.)
Shoot times for the Grant County competition, which will be held Jan. 5 at Northview Elementary, 725 E.N. “H” St., Gas City, are as follows:
- ages 8 and 9 at 8:30 a.m.
- ages 10 and 11 at 9:45 a.m.
- ages 12 and 13 at 11 a.m.
Please note this competition is for Grant County residents only. (If you live elsewhere, click here to find your local competition.)
You can view the contest rules here. For more information about the local Elks Hoop Shoot, contact Tim Schoolman, Elks Marion Lodge 0195, at 765-661-0917.
Check out this promotional video from the Elks to learn more about the competition (or click here for more videos):
The Elks Hoop Shoot is one of many youth programs conducted by the Elks National Foundation. The foundation, established in 1928, is the charitable arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. The ENF helps Elks build stronger communities through programs that support youth, honor veterans, and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work.