National Free Throw Contest at Ludlowe High

The annual Elks’ National Free Throw Contest, the Hoop Shoot, is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 23, at 10:15 a.m. The contest, hosted by the Fairfield Elks Lodge, will be held at the Fairfield Ludlowe High gym.
The event is open to boys and girls aged 8 to 13, who will  not be 14 by April 1, 2015. There are three age groups, 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13, with boys and girls competing separately.
The contest is free and open to all area town residents, including Westport, Redding, Weston, Fairfield and Easton.
Registration for ages 8-9 is by 10:15 a.m.; ages 10-11 should arrive by 10:45 a.m and the 12-13 group by 11:30 a.m.
Each contestant will take 25 free throws to determine the winner in each of the three age groups. The 8-9 participants shoot from a line four feet closer to the basket. Age group is determined by shooter’s age as of   April 1, 2015.
The six winners in the event will then compete in the district finals, also to be hosted by the Fairfield Elks Lodge, at Fairfield Warde High School on Jan. 11,  where the winners from the other towns in the district will convene to vie for a spot in the state finals.
Nationwide, nearly three million boys and girls enter for a chance to advance through local, district, state, and regional contests culminating in national championships held in Springfield in April.
Four locals have reached the nationals in the 40 years the contest has been held — Cathy McGillicuddy, Dan Pangrazio. J.D. Fetcho and Matt Doyle.
The contest is free and any questions can be directed to Bill George at  203-767-6372.

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