Torrington Elks Lodge BPOE 372 will be hosting the annual Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest at Vogel-Wetmore School’s gym on Friday, December 2nd.
The Elks Hoop Shoot is a free throw basketball contest for youth ages 8 to 13. There are boys and girls divisions for three age groups. The program is free to all contestants and provides youth an opportunity to compete, connect and succeed through hard work and healthy competition. Contestants do not need to play on a basketball team. Anyone can compete! Winners advance through Lodge, district, state and regional contests to reach National Finals in Chicago, Illinois. Last year, Torrington’s Will Parkhouse won the boy’s 8-9 year old division in Torrington, and then won at the district and state levels. He and his family were sent to Maine in March for a weekend, where he won the regional contest, which qualified Will to travel to Chicago with his family at the expense of the Elks to compete in the national finals. In the end, the names of the six national champions are permanently inscribed at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.
Age is based on the contestant’s age as of April 1, 2017.
- Ages 8-9: Register at 5:30pm, Compete at 6pm.
- Ages 10-11: Register at 6:30pm, Compete at 7pm.
- Ages 12-13: Register at 7:30pm, Compete at 8pm.
Winners are announced and trophies awarded at the end of each age group’s competition. The 6 winners will advance to compete in the Northwest CT District Hoop Shoot contest on January 29th.
Please carry in your sneakers. Vogel-Wetmore’s address is 68 Church St. The gym entrance is at the back of the school. There will be a half hour of warm up time before each contest. Parents should plan to remain with their children as they compete. Questions? Contact Jean at 860-482-7088 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.