NEW CASTLE — Alysa Kaminskas of Plymouth finished second in the 8-9 girls division at the State Elks Hoop Shoot free throw contest at New Castle, Saturday. Alysa was sponsored by the Plymouth Elks Lodge No. 2548.
The “Elks Hoop Shoot” began as a local program by the Corvallis, Oregon Elks in 1946, is in its 39th year of national competition. Each winner of this state “Hoop Shoot” will be one of over three million American youngsters who participated in local, District, State and Regional contests. Thirty-six boys and 36 girls will ultimately compete in Springfield, Mass. after all regionals have been completed, and, from this outstanding group, one boy and one girl in each age category (8-9, 10-11, 12-13 years old) will be named National Champion.
Each National winner will receive an individual trophy, and his or her name will be inscribed on a special plaque displayed at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. This project is supported by the interest earned on donations made through the Elks National Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants to outstanding young students.