The Elks “Hoop Shoot” Free Throw Contest is the largest most visible of the many youth activities sponsored by Elks lodges.
Over 3,000,000 boys and girls ages 8-13 participate each year. The Elks “Hoop Shoot” has served to highlight the Elks commitment to America’s youth. From the millions of youngsters who participate and advance through the local, district, state and regional competition, six national champions are named – one boy and one girl in each of the three categories: ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13.
The idea behind the “Hoop Shoot” program, is to provide an interesting, character-building, competitive program for all girls and boys in the contest regardless of their previous athletic competition or abilities. This nationwide, sanctioned program gives youngsters an opportunity for spirited competition and fine relationships with their peers. Not only are the participants involved in this wholesome, individual-effort program, but parents, classmates, teachers and community are included.