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Clifton Park Elks - Youth "Hoop Shoot" Contest
The Clifton Park Elks Hoop Shoot, the national free throw shooting contest for children ages 8 through 13, will be held at the Southern Saratoga YMCA, 1` Wall Street, Clifton Park, NY on Saturday, November 18 from 1 PM until 3 PM. There is no charge to compete.
Nearly three million students from across the country entered last year’s competition for boys and girls in age categories 8 to 9; 10 to 11; and 12 to 13 (as of April 1, 2018). Each contestant has 25 shots at the hoop. The boy and girl in each age group with the best scores advance through four tiers of competition to qualify for the national finals in Chicago, IL.
Local Clifton Park winners will compete against other contestants in the district event at in January 2018. Names of the national winners will be inscribed on the Elks National Hoop Shoot plaque, on permanent display in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
In April 2017, Sophie Phillips from Greenwich, NY became the latest local athlete to win a national title in the Elks Hoops Shoot competition outscoring 11 other contestants. Phillips is the third national championship from the area in the past six years. Cameron Orr of Queensbury won the boys 12-13 division last year and Joseph Girard III of Glens Falls won the boys 10-11 division in 2011-12.
For more details or to learn about the Elks, contact Craig Masterson, Hoop Shoot Chairman, at 518-728-3894.