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2nd Annual Ballard Elks Holiday Festivus!!!

2nd Annual Ballard Elks Holiday Festivus!!!

December 22nd: 6 pm
Lodge Hall and upstairs
Social Quarters
Featuring the Ballard Elks Feats of Strength:
***The Great Ballard Elks Cookie Off – Bring your best holiday cookies or sweet treats.
Awards for taste and creativity.
***Ultimate Cheese Ball Creation – Awards for taste and creativity.
***Ugly Christmas Sweater Competition – Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
***Airing of Grievances & Gratitude’s
Mulled Wine will be flowing – for each drink purchase $1.00 will go to our charities.
“12 days of wine” raffle and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there for pictures.
Bring a holiday themed potluck to share!
$10 to taste, $5 for kids under 12 or if you bring something to share
Bring some food to donate to the Ballard Food Bank.
Proceeds go to Ballard Elk’s Charities

Annual Hoop Shoot Contest

Join Us for the Annual Hoop Shoot Contest!

The District finals will be at Royal Brougham Pavilion at Seattle Pacific University on January 28th from 9am – 1pm.

The Elks 51st Annual Hoop Shoot Contest will be at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club (BBGC) on Saturday, December 3rd this year. We are still confirming the time that day, and it will probably be in the late afternoon once the BBGC knows it’s Fall schedule over the next couple of weeks..  It is open to all boys and girls ages 8 – 13 as of April 1, 2023.   The Hoop Shoot Contest is broken into 3 contest groups for the boys and girls each (6 total winners):

  • 8-9 year old Boys and 8-9 year old Girls (shooting from 11 feet instead of foul line)
  • 10-11 year old Boys and 10-11 year old Girls (shooting a standard Free Throw)
  • 12-13 year old Boys and 12-13 year old Girls (shooting a standard Free Throw

The Hoop Shoot itself is a Free Throw Shooting contest (https://www.elks.org/hoopshoot/about.cfm)  for all contestants, except for 8 and 9 year contestants, who will be shooting from 11 feet instead of 15 feet from the basket.  All contestants will shoot a total of 25 Free Throws, which will be broken up into 2 different sessions.  At the start of the contest, all participants in an age group will shoot 10 Foul Shots each.  After everyone in the age group finishes  their 10 shots, then they shoot an additional 15 shots for a total of 25.  Once everyone has completed their free throws, if we have a single leader with the most shots made, that participant wins.  If there is a tie, then those tied will continue to shoot an additional five free throws until we have a winner.

The six winners advance to Districts in Seattle at SPU in January.  The District finals will be at Royal Brougham Pavilion at Seattle Pacific University on January 28th from 9am – 1pm.  If they keep winning in their age group, they would continue to advance to the following stages:

  • State Finals – February 4th, 2023 at Saint Martin’s University in Lacy, WA.
  • Northwest Region Finals – March 2023 in Pasco, WA
  • 2022 National Finals – April, 2023 in Chicago, IL

All six National Champions will have their names on digital display at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.  The Finals is an expense paid contest.   This is a truly outstanding experience for the kids and families.