Sanford area children are invited to participate in the Sanford Elks Lodge #1679 Hoop Shoot on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Southern Lee High School. Registration for the Hoop Shoot begins at 9 a.m. in the school’s gymnasium; the contest begins at 10 a.m.

The event, a competition to see who can make the most of 25 free throw attempts, is free to any child between the ages of 8 and 13. Age is determined as of April 1, 2020. Six winners – one boy and one girl each from three age brackets – will have the opportunity to advance to a district contest set for January in Roxboro. From there, children can advance to a state, a regional and in April, a national contest to be held in Chicago.

National winners have their names inscribed on a permanent “Hoop Shoot” plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Click here for more information on the rules and history of the Elks Hoop Shoot, or contact Nathan Cochrane at

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