Elks free throw contest Wednesday
The Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge is sponsoring the 38th annual Elks Hoop Shoot national basketball free throw contest.
The competition is open to girls and boys ages 8-13 living in Douglas County, South Shore Lake Tahoe, Markleeville, Topaz, Coleville and Walker areas.
The local free contest is scheduled for Wednesday from 3:30-6 p.m. at C.C. Meneley Elementary School Gym, 1446 Muir Drive in Gardnerville.
Sixty-four winners from around the country have a chance for free travel all the way to the Basketball Hall of Fame for the finals.
More that 3.8 million youths entered last year’s competition for boys and girls in age categories 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. Each contestant is 25 free throw attempts. Children must wear tennis shoes and use provided basketballs. No registration is required to compete.
Local winners move on to the Northern Nevada District contest on Saturday, Jan. 15 in Carson City. From there, expert shooters can qualify for the Nevada state finals on Feb 5 in Hawthorne, the West Coast Regionals on Feb. 19, in Las Vegas and the National Finals on April 28-May 1 in Springfield, Mass. Travel expenses for winners and their parents from the Northern Nevada District to the finals are paid for by the Elks.
The names of the national winners will be inscribed on the Elks National Hoop Shoot plaque, which on permanent display at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
For more information, phone Gary Wendt at 775-265-6136.