2013-Hoop-Shoot-Logo1Press release from Red Bank Elks Lodge

Elks believe that sporting activities for youngsters provide spirited competition, develop character, and help make new friendships. So, the Red Bank Elks Lodge #233 is inviting local area youth to our free basketball HoopShoot contest, a free-throw competition, on Sunday December 28 at St. Anthony’s of Padua, Bridge Avenue and Herbert Street in Red Bank.

Scheduled for 1 pm, the competition is open to boys and girls in three age categories: 8 to 9, 10 to 11, and 12 to 13 (ages as of April 1, 2015). Scoring is based on each contestant shooting 25 free throws.

The top-scoring boy and girl will each win a trophy and the opportunity to represent the lodge at the district level competition in January.

Those top scorers then go onto the state and regional competitions, with a chance to make it all the way to the National HoopShoot contest in April at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, as guests of the Elks organization. National champions will have their names permanently inscribed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The HoopShoot competition is in its 43rd year, and over 2 million boys and girls will compete nationally.

Details on registration for the event can be found here. Pre-registration is not required, but is suggested.