Hoop Shoot Committee

For nearly 50 years, the Hoop Shoot has been developing gritty kids. The Elks Hoop Shoot is a free throw program for youth ages 8-13.

Committee Members

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2023-2024 Hoop Shoot Contests

Central District
November 25, 2023

Location:  Wallingford Parks and Recreation, 6 Fairfield Blvd., Wallingford, CT 06492
Time:     Nov. 27th, 9:30 am registration, 10 am start
Time: 9:30am Registration, 10am Shoots begin
Contact: George Gilhuly
Contact Phone: 203-980-5890
Contact Email:

Coastal District
December 9, 2023

Location: Saint Mary’s School
72 Gulf St., Milford, CT 06460
Time: 9:00a – 12:30p
Contact: Richard LoPresti
Contact Phone: 203-605-4534
Contact Email:

Northwest District
December 9, 2023

Location: Boys & Girls Club of Meriden, 15 Lincoln St, Meriden, CT
Time: Boys & Girls Age 8-9 – Registration 8:30am, Competition 9:00am
Boys & Girls Age 10-11 – Registration 9:30am, Competition 10:00am
Boys & Girls Age 12-13 – Registration 10:30am, Competition 11:00am
Awards to follow.
Contact: Wesley Huxley
Contact Phone: 203-215-2641
Contact Email:

East District
January 6, 2024


Location: UConn Avery Point Gym, 1084 Shennecossett Rd, Groton, CT 06340
Time:  1 pm
Contact: Mary Hill
Contact Phone: 860-912-7485
Contact Email:

State Hoop Shoot Contest

January 13, 2024

Location:  Mahoney Recreation Center
100 Cedar St., Manchester CT
Time: Registration at 9am
Contact: James Weingart
Contact Phone: 860-485-3460
Contact Email:

New England Region 6 Hoop Shoot Semi-Final

March 9, 2024

Location: Portland, ME
Details: New England Region 6 Includes the following States: CT – ME – MA – NH – RI – VT
Contact: Mike Stewart, Regional Director
Contact Phone: 860-235-1681
Contact Email:

National Finals

April 18-21, 2024

Location: Wintrust Arena, Chicago, IL

Hoop Shoot Program Update

Chicago, IL over the weekend of April 18-21 was the place to be for the final competition of the 2023-2024 Hoop Shoot program.

Team Connecticut At The New England Regional Hoop Shoot

Team Connecticut competed in the New England Regional Hoop Shoot on March 9th in South Portland, Maine.

Connecticut State Hoop Shoot Results 2024

Many thanks to those GL and State officers who attended the State Hoop Shoot on Saturday in Manchester to cheer on our District winners and crown our State Champions!  We appreciate your support of the State Hoop Shoot program and hope you enjoyed the competition and awards luncheon hosted by Manchester Elks.

Thanks to our District Chairs: Mary, Rich, Wes, and George for your continued support at the District and State level, and for assisting the lodges in your district.  Our shoot starts at the Lodge level!

Special thanks to Art Brault for bringing and setting up the sound system, and to NE Regional Director R. Mike Stewart (and Sharon) for guidance and leadership.

Kudos to State President Kathi for being a good sport and taking the first foul shot!

Here is a recap of the results of the State Hoop Shoot.



Jim and Jean Weingart

CT State Hoop Shoot Chairmen


Photos from the CT State Hoop Shoot Contest

Connecticut State and District “Hoop Shoot” Directors

State Director
Jean and Jim Weingart
1229 Winsted Rd. #70
Torrington, CT 60790
home phone – (860) 485-3460

Central District
George Gilhuly
17 Merriman Road
Wallingford, CT 06492-2087
home phone – (203) 269-2666

Coastal District
Rich LoPresti
118 Gulf St. Unit 13
Milford, CT 06460
cell – (203) 605-4534

Northwest District
Wes Huxley
59 Orchard Rd
Meriden, CT 06450
cell 203-215-2641

East District
Mary K. Hill
91 Crown Knoll Court Unit 129
Groton, CT 06340-6292
cell – (860) 912-7485



Directors’ Drills

From the Grand Lodge Website!

The ENF is making it easier than ever to plan your Hoop Shoot! From promotional items such as posters and brochures, to personalized checklists, Hoop Shoot Directors have access to all contest materials and supplies online.

Lodge Directors

Materials and resources for Lodge contests.

District Directors

Materials and resources for District contests.

State Directors

Materials and resources for State contests.

Promotional Materials

Hoop Shoot brochures and promotional tools.

Contest Materials

Forms and materials for all Hoop Shoot contests.


Hoop Shoot merchandise and apparel orders.