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Elks Hoop Shoot for kids scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15

Elks Hoop Shoot for kids scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15
December 10
06:57 2018

Breckenridge kids ages 8 to 13 will have a chance to participate in the annual Elks Hoop Shoot on  Saturday, Dec. 15. The winners of the Breckenridge event will go on to the district competition.

Participation in the Hoop Shoot, a nationwide free throw contest sponsored locally by Elks Lodge No. 1480, is free for boys and girls. The contest will begin at 2 p.m. at L.T. Cook Gymnasium at Breckenridge High School, 502 W. Lindsey St.

The contest is divided into three age groups: 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. The age groups are based on the participants’ ages as of April 1, 2019.

The first and second place winners in each category will receive medals, and the winners will be eligible to participate in the district contest. The Elks Lodge will provide gas money for that trip.

The winners from the district contest will go on to the state competition in Carrollton. The regional hoop shoot will be held in Dallas, and the national contest will be in Chicago. Everything above the district level will be an overnight trip, and the participants and their parents will get to attend the events as guests of the Elks. Last year, four kids from Texas made it to the national competition.

Six national winners — a boy and a girl in each age category — will be named. The national winners will each receive a trophy and have their name inscribed on a plaque in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The top-scoring boy and girl will be named the national champions and will receive the Getty Powell Award.

According to the Elks Lodge organization, the contest give kids the opportunity to participate in spirited competition, develop relationship with peers and travel statewide, regionally and nationally at minimal expense to their parents.

For more information about the local Hoop Shoot, contact Wayne Justus at 254-477-3941.

 

Cutline, top photo: Participants in last year’s Elks Hoop Shoot compete in the local contest at L.T. Cook Gymnasium. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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