Every December since I was a kid, the Elks have hosted their annual Hoop Shoot. Boys and girls take free throws and the kids with the highest number of points in each age division get trophies. The winners qualify for the next level of the Hoop Shoot which is regionals and so on. Years ago I won the local competition and got to move on to regionals. So, this year when I saw a flyer at the Rec Center announcing the date for the Elks Hoop Shoot, I decided to sign my oldest daughter up. My kids don’t play basketball formally but they get to shoot hoops a lot during extended day, the afterschool program that takes place either in the gym or out on the playground. The best part about taking your kids to new things is that they have no expectations, very few nerves, and no pressure. The Elks Hoop shoot has an informal check-in where you basically show up within the window of time of the competition, a parent registered the child, they wait for their turn, and then they get called up and shoot, sit back down for a bit, and then get called a second time to shoot a few. Scores are calculated at the end of the competition and a few weeks later, the Elks call you if you came in first, second or third. This year my eight year old got a phone call and had come in second. The Elks invited her to an evening at the Elks Club where she got a trophy and a t-shirt and had snacks with all of the other winners. We’ll definitely be signing up again next year!
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