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Craig kids can net big wins with Elks’ Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest

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Craig boys warm up during the practice round of the 2016 Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest. This year's competition takes place Saturday morning at Sandrock Elementary School.

The Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest takes place in Craig this Saturday at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the contest is free and open to boys and girls age 8 to 13, proof of age required in the form of copy a birth certificate. Each participant will shoot five practice throws and 25 regular free throws.

The top shooters will receive trophies and be eligible for future competitions at the district, state, regional and national levels, with those who go all the way getting their name in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Elks lodges across the country sponsor the event as a way to build athletic skills and confidence in young people.

Craig has regularly sent competitors past the second step of the district level to state and regionals.

Besides being full of tips and contestant stories, the Elks' website notes that players develop "GRIT: Growth, Resilience, Integrity, Tenacity."

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For more information, visit elks.org/hoopshoot or call Frank Sadvar at 970-620-0874.

If you go

Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest

9 a.m. Dec. 9

Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

— Elks Lodge No. 1577 will sponsor the local competition, free to ages 8 to 13. Copies of birth certificates are required to register. A chili lunch will follow as well as awards at the Elks Lodge. For more information, call 970-620-0874.