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On Saturday, Jan. 8, the Elks Lodge held their annual "Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest" for boys and girls ages 8-12 at Weber Middle School. Elks Director of Youth Activities Dick Scallon, a longtime Port Washington resident, said, "This event is the largest and most visible of the many youth activities sponsored by the Elks Lodge. We love hosting it as it highlights our commitment to America's youth."

The Hoop Shoot Program beings at the local level and then proceeds to district, state and regional competition. Six national champions will be named - one boy and one girl in each of the three age categories. The winners from our local competition will now advance to the district level which will be held at Valley Stream Memorial JHS.

"This event is so exciting, it gets better and better each year," were Dick Scallon's words as he presented the trophies to the winners. "Not only did we have a terrific turnout but having the high school students work with the youngsters was very satisfying. They are excellent role models and all the ages here today are brought together by a common interest.

The Letter Club of Schreiber High School, a service club under the director of its advisor, Maria Giamanco, helped organize and run the event. Parents, grandparents, and siblings and lined the sidelines cheering. Whether the basket was made or not, the fans keep cheering. Everyone knew why they had come to "The Hoop Shoot" to have fun and instill a love of the game!


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