The Englewood Y recently was renovated with updated facilities and fixtures.
“They rebuilt the auditorium and put a new floor in,” Holmes said. It’s just been completed recently. As far as I’m concerned, it’s excellent.”
Hoop shoot participants must provide a copy of a birth or baptismal certificate to show proof of age. The children will be separated into gender and age brackets.
“The kids do their thing,” Holmes said. “They’re rated according to how many they get. Then it’s evaluated and the trophies are handed out at the end of the session.”
Winners go up to the next level for district, regional and national competition.
“We pick up the price tag as they go higher up, and we pay for their family’s expenses,” Holmes said.
Getting children to participate in the hoop shoot is difficult, Holmes said.
“I think it’s because there are so many single moms raising their children today. Some people tell me it’s because Florida is not (as) much into basketball … as it is into football.”
Sharon Kangas, co-chairwoman of the hoop shoot, helped organize the event by sending information to the three Englewood-area elementary schools. This is her third year running the event.
“I think it’s a very good opportunity for the children and, hopefully, they’ll enjoy coming,” Kangas said. “It’s a little stressful for some of them, but they seem to like it. The winners, the top first and second place get trophies. Everybody gets a pen. Everybody walks out with something.”
The Englewood Y is located at 701 Medical Blvd. For hoop shoot information, call 860-463-2776.