Elks Hoop Shoot


The Elks Hoop Shoot free-throw contest has served to highlight the Elks commitment to America’s youth.


From the millions of youngsters who participate and advance through the local, district, state and regional competition, six national champions are named – one boy and one girl in each of the three categories: ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13.


The winners each receive a trophy and their names are inscribed on a plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Elks goal with this program is to provide a character-building, competitive program for all girls and boys regardless of their previous athletic competition or abilities.
The competition takes place at the beautfiful Florida Elks Youth Camp located at 24175 S.E. Hwy. 450, Umatilla, FL 32784

Regional Championship Programs

Come out and support these young people as they compete for a spot in the State Finals.  The 14 District Competitions have set the field for these 3 Regionals (The State Semi Finals).  Each of these three competitions will send 6 Shooters to Umatilla in February where they will compete for a spot in the National Semi Finals held in Valdosta in March.  Show your support for these kids and this Nation wide program by coming out and watching one of the competitions.

Regional Director: South – Tito Young

Date: Jan 13, 2024

Time: Gym will open at 9:30 am / Competition will begin at 10:00 am

Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church & School / 701 W Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL

Regional Director: North – Jay Swisher

Date: Jan 20, 2024

Time: Gym will open at 9:30 am / Competition will begin at 10:00 am

Location: Columbia High School Gymnasium / 469 SW Fighting Tiger Dr, Lake City, FL

Regional Director: Central – Gary VanOpDorp

Date: Jan 27, 2024

Time: Gym will open at 8:30 am / Competition will begin at 9:00 am

Location: Port Orange YMCA / 4701 City Center Pkwy, Port Orange, FL


State Championship Program
24175 SE HWy 450 Umatilla, FL
Saturday, February 17th, 2024
Gym Open to Contestants,
Families & Spectators      
8:45 AM 
Practice for Contestants
(Balls will be provided)
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Officials and Volunteers Meeting
9:00 AM
Welcome & Announcements
9:45 AM 10:00 AM
Competition Begins
10:00 AM
There will be a 10 Min break between each age group.
Lunch & Awards Presentation in the Pavilion
12:00 PM
State President’s Message to Contestants & Families
1:00 PM

Eric Johnson
State Hoop Shoot Committee Chairman

Hoop Shoot 2024 Registration Open

Time for the tip-off: Early bird registration for the Hoop Shoot National Finals opens today!

The 2024 Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals are Saturday, April 20, in Chicago at Wintrust Arena, home of the WNBA Chicago Sky. The arena seats 10,000, and we need your help to pack the stands! Early bird registration comes with a FREE T-SHIRT!

Whether you’d like contest-only tickets or the full weekend experience, check out the schedule to set your play into motion. If you need help navigating the registration process, find detailed directions here.

Don’t wait for the buzzer and miss your opportunity to attend the event of the season—and get a free t-shirt. Standard registration is open February 15 to April 1. We hope to see you there!

Best Swishes,

Jim O'KelleyDirectorElks National Foundation

P.S. More information about the 2024 Hoop Shoot National Finals can be found at!

Hoop SHoot 2024 Registration Opeh

About Hoop Shoot

Through the Hoop Shoot program, the Elks been developing and reinforcing grit for nearly 50 years—long before researchers and experts concluded that grit is so important for our children. Just listen to the parents and contestants in these videos. They’re talking about grit.

The 2020 Hoop Shoot National Finals will take place on April 18, 2020 in Chicago.

Basketball Hall of Fame

Each year, the names of the six national champions are inscribed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Two of the Frank Hise National Champions are in attendance when the inductees are honored at the Enshrinement Ceremony.