If you have a youngster who has shown some above average skills at the free throw line on a basketball court, you'll want to read more about this annual competition.

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Sadly, I am a little late to this party, but better late than never! I recently got an email from Candace Young, a teacher/coach in Caddo Parish, who is also a member of the Shreveport Elks Lodge.


In the email, Candace told me of the annual "Hoop Shoot" competition held by the national civic group, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. It's a free throw contest for youth ages 8 to 13. The program is free to all participants and provides youth an opportunity to compete, connect and succeed through hard work and healthy competition. Winners advance through local, district, state and regional contests to reach the National Finals.

And the best part of all, is that the names of six national champions each year are permanently inscribed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

And our Shreveport Elks Lodge has opened registration now for all area youth between 8 and 13. The competition will be held Saturday, January 14 and our local winners who move on to the next level, will even have their travel expenses paid for, so kids can participate without the worry of additional travel expenses.

Different Divisions And Age Groups

To keep things fair for all competitors, there are actually two Hoop Shoot contest divisions, boys and girls, and three age categories in each division:

Boys, ages 8-9Girls, ages 8-9
Boys, ages 10-11Girls, ages 10-11
Boys, ages 12-13Girls, ages 12-13

The Shreveport Elks will present trophies to winners of First through Third place and all participants will receive a gift bag.

If you have any other info, refer to the flyer below or shoot an email to Candace Young at candaceyoung450@gmail.com.

Shreveport Elks Lodge
Shreveport Elks Lodge

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