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(Dillon, MT, January 15, 2022) – On Saturday January 15, three girls and three boys, ages 8-13,

were crowned Champions at the Elks South District “Hoop Shoot”® free throw contest, which

took place at Straugh Gymnasium on the Montana Western campus in Dillon, MT.

First and second place trophies were awarded to each boy and girl in three categories: ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. The contestants who participated at the District Hoop Shoot Contest were

crowned Champions at their local Lodge Contest within the Montana South District, comprised of Anaconda #239, Butte #240, Deer Lodge #1737, Dillon #1554 and Helena #193.

The three first place boys and girls in age categories 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13 will advance to the

Montana State Contest at Park County High School in Livingston, MT on February 5, 2022.

They will compete against the Districts Champions from the other four Montana districts. With

continued success, the six Montana State Champions will advance to the Regional Contest in

Rapid City, SD, on March 12; the National Finals in Chicago, IL, April 30. The names of all the

national winners are engraved on plaques at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in

Springfield, MA.

This program is totally sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the U.S.A.

It is endorsed by hundreds of school systems around the country. The Elks fund the program

primarily through its National Foundation and the support of the local lodges and state


The Elks “Hoop Shoot”®, began as a local program by Corvallis Oregon Elks in 1946, is in its

50th year of national competition. Over three million boys and girls are expected to participate this year. In the past, Montana has crowned several National Champions.

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