News in Cortland NY

Local Basketball Player set to compete in the Elks Hoop Shoot Finals

Robert Shaw, a sixth grade student at Barry Elementary school, will be leaving next week to attend the Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals in Springfield, Mass.

“It has been a fun experience for Robert,” said Robert’s dad, Kevin, who will be traveling with him to Springfield. “He has learned a little more about preparation, discipline and concentration because of it.”

The Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest is the largest coeducational youth sports program in the nation. As guests of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the six Northeast Central Region winners will compete against winners from 11 other regions for the title. Robert will compete in the 12-13 year-old boys division.

After winning the State Elks Hoop Shoot title in Homer this past February, Robert went on to compete in the regional Hoop Shoot competition held in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. He won the title there with 22 out of 25 shots made.

In the 36 year history of the Hoop Shoot event, this is the first time someone from Cortland has made it to the National Finals according to John Edinger, NYS Hoop Shoot Director Designate.

“The local Elks organization has been very supportive and we would like to thank them for a wonderful program” said Kevin Shaw.

Additional details on the contest and results will be posted after the event concludes at and at