JACKSON HOLE, WYO – This Saturday, December 8, Jackson Elks Lodge No. 1713 will host the annual Elks ‘Hoop Shoot’ at the Teton County Recreation Center at 155 E Gill Ave in Jackson. Event registration starts at 8:30am and the competition starts at 9:00am sharp.
The Elks Hoop Shoot is a free throw contest for youth who will be between the ages of 8 to 13 as of April 1, 2019. This annual free event starts with local Elks lodges across the United States. Boys and girls compete in their age group in a contest consisting of 25 free throws.
The top boy and top girl in each age group advance to the district finals in Riverton, Wyo. From there, the same process is followed, with winners advancing to Wyoming State Finals in Casper. Eventually, the best free throwers make their way to the regional finals in Denver, with winners making their way to the national finals in Chicago.
Winners of the National Finals will have their names permanently inscribed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., amongst true basketball legends. Travel expenses for contest winners are paid for by the Elks.
“The Elks Hoop Shoot is probably my favorite youth program that we put on,” said Jackson Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Lisa Sprague. “Being able to watch as kids who competed here in Jackson move on to district, state, regional, and then national finals is exciting to say the least.”
For the 2016-2017 Hoop Shoot season, there were a total of 305,131 contestants that started out at local Elks lodges across the country. Shot by shot by thousands of shots, the pool was whittled down to 72 boys and girls who competed for the National title in Chicago.
The 2017 National Hoop Shoot Finals free throw average ended up being 82%, compared to the 2016-17 NBA league free throw average of 77%.
But it’s all about the opportunities it affords our youth.
Hoop Shoot Director Jessica Schiers said, “This event is a great opportunity for kids to make new friends, learn about the importance of practice and hard work, and get the opportunity to travel to new places. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a real fun time, too.”
Those looking for more information on the Elks Hoop Shoot program should contact Jackson Elks Lodge No. 1713 Hoop Shoot Director Jessica Schiers.