Sidney Elks Lodge 2175 to hold National Free Throw “Hoop Shoot” contest

By WBNG News

Sidney Elks Lodge 2175 to hold National Free Throw “Hoop Shoot” contest

December 7, 2012 Updated Dec 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Sidney Elks Lodge will hold its annual Free Throw “Hoop Shoot” contest on Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 at the Boys & Girls Club of Sidney located in the Sidney Civic Center.

According to a news release:

Registration for the Elks “Hoop Shoot” will begin at 9:00am on the day of the event.
 
The Elks “Hoop Shoot” Free Throw Contest is the largest and most visible of the many youth activities sponsored by Elks Lodges. More than three million boys and girls, ages 8-13, participate yearly. The Elks “Hoop Shoot” highlights the Elks commitment to America's youth. From the millions of youngsters who participate and advance through local, district, state and regional competition, six national champions are named — one boy and one girl in each of three categories: ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. The winners each receive a trophy and their names are inscribed on a plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Parents accompany contestants throughout the competition. The parents of finalists at the state, regional and national levels attend the competitions as guests of the Elks.
 
The free throw Contest is free and open to all Tri-Town area boys and girls age 8-13. Contestant eligibility and age groups will be determined by their age as of April 01, 2013. The free Throw Hoop Shoot is intended to promote healthy sportsmanship, spirit, competition, and overall confidence and self esteem. Local winners in each age group will advance to district, state, regional, and national competition. This year's district competition will be held in an area to be determined. For more information, contact local Elks “Hoop Shoot” Director, Steve Crawford at 563-2012.