Elks’ Hoop Shoot ages 8-13 at Ludlowe

The annual Elks’ National Free Throw Contest, the Hoop Shoot is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. The contest will be held at Fairfield Ludlowe High School gym, hosted by the Fairfield Elks Lodge. There is no charge for participation.

The event is open to boys and girls aged 8 to 13, who will not be 14 by April 1 of next year.

There are three age groups, 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13, with boys and girls competing separately. Age group determined by age on April 1, 2016.
The contest is free and open to all area youth, including Westport, Redding, Weston, Fairfield and Easton. There is no pre-registration needed.

Registration for 8-9 is by 1 p.m.; 10-11 should arrive by 1:30 p.m. and the 12-13 group by 2 p.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.

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. 10, 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 Chicago in April. All expenses are covered by the Elks organization throughout the contest levels.

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.

Contest is free and any questions can be directed to Bill George at 203-767-6372.

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