Free throw contest Jan. 11 in Gardnerville |

Free throw contest Jan. 11 in Gardnerville

Staff Reports

The Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670 is sponsoring the 39th Annual Elks “Hoop Shoot” national basketball free throw contest.

The free contest for youth ages 8-13 will be held at the Meneley Elementary School gym, 1446 Muir Drive, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 11.

“We had one local girl go to state last year and she placed second,” Hoop Shoot chairman Gary Wendt said. “It’s a great competition, and there’s always a chance to win a $60,000 scholarship at nationals.”

The competition is open to all girls and boys living in Douglas County and South Lake Tahoe. Six winners from around the state have a chance for free travel to the Basketball Hall of Fame for the finals.

More that 35 youth entered last year’s competition for boys and girls in age categories 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. Each contestant has 25 free throw shots at the hoop. Children must wear tennis shoes and use provided basketballs. No registration is required to compete.

Local winners compete for the district finals in Carson City on Jan. 28. State finals are in Hawthorne on Feb. 11. The date for nationals has not been announced yet.

The names of the national winners will be inscribed on the Elks National Hoop Shoot plaque in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Travel expenses for the winners and parents from the Northern Nevada District to the finals is paid for by the Elks.

For further information, call Gary Wendt at 265-6136.