Elks Hoop Shoot nears

Area youth basketball players invited to participate Saturday

All area youth groups such as CYO, Biddy Bas­ketball, church groups, as well any interested area boys and girls, between the ages of 8 and 13 are invited to participate in the 44th Annual Great­er Nashua Elks "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw con­test.

It will take place Satur­day morning in the Elm Street Middle School Gym­nasium on Chestnut Street, starting sharply at 8 a.m.

There is no charge or fees to participate in the Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program.

The competition is open to all interested boys and girls, between the ages of 8 and 13 from the Hudson, Litchfield, Nashua, Hol­lis, Brookline, Amherst, Milford, Wilton and Mer­rimack areas. A young­ster’s age on April l, 2017, determines his/her age division.

There will be six age di­visions, three for boys and three for girls each, 8-9, l0-11 and 12-13. Trophies will be presented to the top three boys and girls in each division.

Contestants will shoot five warm-ups, before shooting 25 free throws for score, and must wear basketball or tennis shoes to compete.

T-shirts, slacks or pants may be worn but basket­ball uniforms are pre­ferred, but not necessary.

As each age category is completed, contestants may leave. The entire con­test usually lasts about two hours enabling any­one to make any sched­uled league games else­where.

Over 2 million young­sters competed last year in the Elks National "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw contest, starting with the Local level, District, State, Regional and Na­tional levels. Winners will have their names in­scribed in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Spring­field, Mass.

The Nashua Elks have sent 11 youngsters to the Elks National "Hoop Shoot" Finals Free Throw Championships.

They were: Steve Pi­wowarski, Missy Ayotte, Debra Killmon, Ellen Tipping, Ryan Robinson, Ryan Sullivan, Michael Panagoulias, Caleb Don­nelly, Max Coleman, Tom O’Hearn of Hudson and Tilak Patel of Nashua.

Elks Youth Chairman Al Savage (888-0064) is in charge of the local con­test. Area winners will compete in the NH State Elks South District Free Throw contest in the Der­ry/Salem Boys and Girls Club Gym on Saturday, Jan. 7.