The 37th annual Elks Hoop Shoot Contest will be underway throughout Alameda starting Monday, October 21, 2013 to Friday, December 20, 2013. A national event, the contest is sponsored locally by the Alameda Elks Lodge 1015 and conducted by the Alameda Recreation and Park Department. Over three million youth from throughout the country enter the competition yearly.
The free competition will be available at ARPD afterschool programs at Bayport, Franklin, Leydecker, Lincoln, Longfellow, Tillman, and Washington Parks. The event is open to boys and girls 8 to 13 years-old and who attend a school or reside in the city of Alameda.
The contest consists of shooting free throws. Each contestant has 25 shots at the hoop. A child may compete as many times as he or she wishes. Classifications are as follows:
Class A - 12 to 13 year-olds.
This division is open the youth who do not reach their 14th birthday before April 1, 2014.
Class B - 10 to 11 year-olds.
This division is open to youth who do not reach their 12th birthday before April 1, 2014.
Class C - 8 to 9 year-olds.
This division is open to youth who do not reach their 10th birthday before April 1, 2014.
Seven year olds who reach their eighth birthday before April 1, 2014, are also eligible in this category.
The top three finalists in each division are eligible to represent their park or club at the city-wide finals, to be held on Friday, January 10, 2014 in the Alameda Point Gym. The winners in each division will go on to represent the City of Alameda and the Alameda Elks at the District Shoot-Off in late January. For more information call the Recreation and Park Department Office at (510) 747-7529.