Elks’ annual hoop shoot planned for Saturday

Englewood Elks annual Hoop Shoot Contest 2011

The Englewood Elks annual Hoop Shoot Contest will be held Saturday at the Englewood Y. Here, Joseph Oliver prepares to take a shot during last year’s event. Youth ages 8-13 are welcome to participate.

ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Elks will hold their annual Hoop Shoot Contest at the Englewood Y Saturday, and children ages 8-13 will be able to register the day of the event.

“The Y been excellent to the Elks,” said Don Holmes, an Elks trustee and hoop shoot chairman. “They go out of their way.”

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.


About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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