The Hoop Shoot is a program sponsored each year by Grand Lodge. Thousands of kids from across the country participate in the contest each year, attempting to make as many free throws out of twenty five attempts as they can. The contest starts at the Lodge level and continues up through the District, Regionals, State finals held at our Youth Camp in Umatilla Florida. It then moves forward to the National level starting with the Regionals and finishing up with National finals held in Springfield Mass.
Lakeland’s Hoop Shoot was held this year at the Boys and Girls Club with thirty seven kids competing in the three age groups 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13 with boys and girls competing separately. Six kids placed first and became eligible to complete in
the District contest held at Brandon December 5th. Two kids, Jaiden Wynn, 10-11 boys and Christina Mitchell 12-13 placed first, with Christina making 24 out of the 25 attempts. Both Jaiden and Christina are eligible to complete at the next level. Anthony came close and assured me he would be back next year.
Next up is the Central Regional Hoop Shoot Contest that will be held on Saturday morning, January 16, 2016. The contest will be at Seminole High School, 2701 Ridgewood Avenue, Sanford, Florida 32773 and is scheduled to begin 9:00 am. If you have an opportunity to attend the State Regionals or Finals to cheer on the Lakeland Contestants it would be great.
Ted Martzloff PDDGER
Hoop Shoot Chair