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January 20, 2014

Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot names winners

TIFTON — The Tifton Elks Lodge Local Hoop Shoot Contest was held Saturday at the Tift County Recreation Department. The contest is co-sponsored by the Tifton Elks Lodge 1114 and the Tift County Recreation Department.

There were 63 young contestants who vied  for the title of Local Champion. Those earning the title of Local Champion were Imani Morrow, Tatyannah Daniel, Janie Ragsdale and Marquise Dixon; and front, Kobie Farrie and Torrance Galmer

The Hoop Shoot Competition is broken up into three age categories; 8-9 Boys and Girls, 10 to 11 Boys and Girls and 12-13 Boys and Girls. Tifton’s six champions now advance to the Georgia Elks Southwest District Hoop Shoot Competition to be held Jan. 25 at Albany State University in Albany.

In a statement, the Tifton Elks Lodge and the TCRD said, “This was the largest local event in some time and we thank the parents and family for allowing their child to participate.”  

 The Elks Hoop Shoot competition is a national event that has been held since 1974. It is funded by the Elks National Foundation and is free to all participants. Over 1.5 million children compete annually. Over 2000 Elk Lodges and over 800,000 volunteers support this competition.

The contest begins at the local level, winners advance through district, state and regionals, culminating at the National Finals in Springfield, Mass., home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  During the contest, athletes connect with family and meet new friends, learn valuable skills like hard work and good sportsmanship that help them succeed on and off the court.

This year, the Hoop Shoot National Finals are April 10-13 in Springfield, Mass.

Six of the 72 national finalists will be named national champions and will have their names permanently inscribed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  The highest scoring boy and girl overall receive the Getty Powell Award, and have the chance to speak at the Elks Grand Lodge National Convention.

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