The Elks have been developing gritty kids for more nearly 50 years through the Hoop Shoot free throw program–long before researchers and experts concluded that grit was the most accurate indicator of future success. Click on the buttons above to learn more about the Hoop Shoot History, see past Champions and Finalists, and watch videos.

The Hoop Shoot allows every boy and girl between 8 and 13 in an Elks Lodge community the opportunity to participate in a fun, age-appropriate program that sets them up for future success.


Regrettably, the 2020 Hoop Shoot National Finals, scheduled to take place on April 18, 2020, in Chicago, has been canceled due to COVID-19. The health and safety of our program participants and their families, along with the dedicated volunteers and Elks guests, is our top priority.


We all hate that this is happening to our Hoop Shoot, but the program is every bit as resilient as the kids who make it so great.