Princeton Times


January 4, 2013

Free-throw competition needs local youths

PRINCETON — This weekend, youngsters ages 8-13 are invited to take aim and shoot their way into regional, state or even national free-throw competition.

The Princeton Elks Hoop Shoot is slated to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Princeton Recreation Center on Morrison Drive.

The free-throw competition is open to any child, free of charge, as set forth by the Elks’ national organization, and it’s designed to help young athletes compete, connect and succeed.

“The kids shoot 25 free throws apiece, and the winners of each age group go to Huntington to compete next Saturday, to compete to go on further,” Princeton Elks Hoop Shoot Chairman Rick Miller said Wednesday. “We’ve had people who have made it all the way up to Massachusetts.”

Miller said the contest rules aim for the most fair competition possible, even allowing the youngest participants to shoot closer to the goal.

Each Hoop Shoot offers boys’ and girls’ categories, each separated into three age divisions, dependent upon the child’s age on April 1.

“It’s great. The kids have fun because they are out their with their buddies. Boys seem to be a little more competitive, but the girls have a good time,” Miller said. “...Both of my girls went through it, and they really loved it.”

According to the Elks’ national website, “The Hoop Shoot builds character through healthy competition. Contestants learn about the importance of respect and good sportsmanship. Through each level of competition, contestants develop skills that aid in achieving school and life success.”

There is no registration fee to participate in the Hoop Shoot, and Miller said the more participants, the merrier the competition.

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