Three youth advance to District Hoop Shoot in Hermiston on January 9th
CONDON – Eight kids from the Condon Grade School braved the elements on December 29th and participated in the Elks Hoop Shoot, sponsored by the Condon Elks Lodge #1869.
Inside the Condon High School gymnasium, the kids shot free throws and competed for their chance to advance to the Elks District Hoop Shoot, which will be held in Hermiston on January 9th.
Three youth from the Condon Grade School are advancing to the District Hoop Shoot.
Those that are advancing are: Jake Wilson (12) who made 14 of 25 free throws; Carson Wade (13) who made 7 of 25 free throws; and Carter Barnett (10) who bested all shooters with 16 out of 25 successful free throws.
There were no contestants for the 8-9 year old age group. The rules of the program say that a boy and girl from each age group will move on to districts.
Should Jake, Carson or Carter win in Hermiston, they will go on to the State Elks Hoop Shoot, then to the Regional Elks Hoop Shoot and then finally to the National Elks Hoop Shoot in April, which will take place in Chicago where 72 national finalists will compete. Winners of the National Elks Hoop Shoot competition will have their names displayed at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Elks covers all expenses for the athletes.
The Elks Hoop Shoot is a time-honored tradition for the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, which has more than 1,850 lodges across the country.
This year marks the 50th year of the Elks Hoop Shoot. The Hoop Shoot was created to help kids connect with new friends and to learn valuable skills. Good luck Jake, Carson and Carter!