As many of you may already know, one of our local Hoop Shoot winners, Aiden McNutt, tragically lost his life in a house fire on January 12, 2020 while visiting his mother for his birthday. Aiden had won 1st place in our 13-14 year old division of the Hoop Shoot just one day before his death. Aiden’s 15-year-old sister also suffered injuries in the fire, including burns to her feet, legs, arms, and face. Both children lived with their grandfather, Mr. Bonner, who is now working on a limited income to pay for all hospital bills for both children, as well as clothing, housing, general living expenses, and sadly, Aiden’s funeral expenses. Our Lodge would like to help ease the stress and financial burdens that have unexpectedly, and tragically, been brought onto this family. All monetary donations will be deposited directly into an account for Aiden’s grandfather, Mr. Bonner. If you would like to contribute to this special Memorial Fund, please contact ER Chuck Myers.
The Elks “Hoop Shoot” Free Throw Contest is the largest and most visible of the many youth activities sponsored by Elks Lodges. More than three million boys and girls, ages 8-13, will participate this year. The Elks “Hoop Shoot” highlights the Elks commitment to America’s youth. From the millions of youngsters who participate and advance through local, district, state and regional competition, six national champions are named — one boy and one girl in each of three categories: ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. The winners each receive a trophy and their names are inscribed on a plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Parents accompany contestants throughout the competition. The parents of finalists at the state, regional and national levels attend the competitions as guests of the Elks.
The Elks desire, through their “Hoop Shoot” program, to provide an interesting, character-building, competitive program for all girls and boys in the contest regardless of their previous athletic competition or abilities. This nationwide, sanctioned program gives these youngsters an opportunity for spirited competition, fine relationships with their peers, and travel statewide, regionally and nationally — at minimal expense to their parents or school. Not only are the participants involved in this wholesome, individual-effort program, but parents, classmates, teachers and community are included.
Our area Hoop Shoot took place on January 11, 2020 at Newton Co. High School with the participation of 6 schools. Thank you to the 15 Elk members and 9 non-Elk members that volunteered their time and helped out with this event! Congratulations to our 2020 Newton County Hoop Shoot 1st place winners:
Girls 8-9…………Makinliegh Aua Jones, Porterdale Elementary (13/25 shots)
Boys 8-9 ………………….Koen George, Porterdale Elementary (14/25 shots)
Girls 10-11……………… London Smith, Livingston Elementary (20/25 shots)
Boys 10-11…………….. Mekhi Hamlin, Livingston Elementary (17/25 shots)
Girls 12-13…………………… Alissa Sandifer, Veterans Middle (18/25 shots)
Boys 12-13……………… Aiden McNull, Porterdale Elementary (14/25 shots)
The Georgia Elk’s Association Annual Convention was held in Jekyll Island, GA this year on June 6-9th. The Covington Elks Lodge 1806 sponsored the award and honored our very own Matt Cooper as Public Safety Officer of the Year! Congratulations Matt!