Rivas is Regional Elks Hoop Shoot champ

Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Glendive youth Ethan Rivas won the Regional Elks Hoop Shoot title in the 10-11 year old boys divisional in Rapid City on Saturday. He will compete at the national level in Chicago in April.

Having already tasted glory in local, district, and state competitions, Ethan Rivas earned Regional Champion on Saturday, March 9, when he wowed the crowd at the Elks “Hoop Shoot” Northwest Central Regional Championship. Ethan, the 10 year-old son of Alex and Kayla Rivas demonstrated accuracy from the penalty line well beyond his years and brought honors to his hometown of Glendive.

Representing Glendive Lodge No. 1324, Ethan Rivas, a student at Lincoln Elementary School, sank 21 out of 25 free throws in the 10 to 11-year-old Boys Division, made him, a true standout in the field of more than 3 million boys and girls, ages 8-13, who have participated in the contest throughout the United States since last fall. The champions will travel with their parents, courtesy of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, to Chicago, Illinois – the National headquarters of the Elks organization – to be among the 12 top youngsters vying for the chance to claim a national trophey awarded at the Elks “Hoop Shoot” National Free Throw Contest, April 25-28. A great showing in the national championship will not only earn the Champs a place in Elks “Hoop Shoot” history, but also land their names inscribed on a plaque in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Now in its 47th year, the Elks “Hoop Shoot” Free Throw Contest has seen millions of participants since its inception, making it the largest co-educational youth sports program in the nation. Funded entirely by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Elks “Hoop Shoot” Free Throw Contest has served as a testing ground for sports legends Cleveland Cavaliers’ Trajan Langdon, WNBA 2001 Rookie of the Year Jackie Stiles of the former Portland Fire, Iowa Hawkeye’s head coach Steve Alford, Olympic gold medalist and former Golden State Warriors Chris Mullin, former North Carolina State star Jennifer Howard, and former Chicago White Sox third-baseman Chris Snopek.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is a patriotic and philanthropic fraternal organization with nearly 1 million members in more than 1,800 communities.