“The Hoop Shoot allows every boy and girl ages 8 through 13 in an Elks Lodge community the opportunity to participate in a fun, age-appropriate program that sets them up for future success,” trustee Chris Robuck said.
A total of about 30 local youth participated in the event.
These are the champions: Stella Brown (8 and 9-year-old girl, Edison); Weston June (8 and 9-year-old boy, South Central); Ella Both (10 and 11-year-old girl, Edison); Cole Leimeister (10 and 11-year-old boy, Edison); Summer Moehlman (12 and 13-year-old girl, Norwalk); and Jack Brown (12 and 13-year-old boy, Edison).
The champions will advance to the district competition Jan. 7 at Bucyrus High School.
These children placed second: Sydney Moehlman (8- and 9-year-old girl, Norwalk); Kian Kreischer (8- and 9-year-old boy, Norwalk); Reagan Mooney (10- and 11-year-old girl, Norwalk); Evan Perry (10- and 11-year-old boy, Edison); Cara Mooney (12- and 13-year-old girl, Norwalk); and Nick Murr (12- and 13-year-old boy, Norwalk).
“The Elks have been developing youth for more than 45 years through the Hoop Shoot free throw program–long before researchers and experts concluded that grit was the most accurate indicator of future success. Grit is the will to persevere in the face of long odds. Participants in the Hoop Shoot develop grit by setting goals, working hard to achieve them, failing and bouncing back to try again and work even harder the next year,” Robuck said.