The Elks "Hoop Shoot" free throw program is the largest coeducational sports program in the country. More than three million kids participate each year.
Kids who compete learn about respect, dedication, loyalty and self-esteem. Participants learn the importance of hard work and how to accept defeat or win gracefully.
The Hoop Shoot provides a character-building, competitive experience for all kids. Through each of the levels of competition, kids support one another while learning from their unique strengths. Contestants regard meeting new friends as one of the top benefits of participating in the Hoop Shoot.
From hours of practice through all levels of competition, parents connect with their kids throughout the Hoop Shoot experience. Family members travel with the contestants through state and regional competitions, and for kids who advance to the national finals, parents get to travel to Springfield, Mass., to share this special event with their child.
The contestants dedicate themselves to discipline, hard work and practice. These life skills help kids face the challenges of today to become responsible, caring adults.