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Calendar >  Hoop Shoot at Boys and Girls Club of Vista

Hoop Shoot at Boys and Girls Club of Vista

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They were very polite. They thanked us for coming to the event. They politely asked about the fresh stitches in my nose. They cheerfully posed for our photo taking. They were still excited from the Hoop Shoot they had just completed. These were young boys and girls from the Boys and Girls Club of Vista. The Coaches like Ric Acido and the Club’s Sports Specialists, Tiree Burton and Frank Baez, told us how excited and enthusiastic the kids had been while anticipating and participating in this event. The kids we saw there when we arrived were, Elias Salazar, Owen Garcia, Kinsley Lyman, Christian Estrada, Lindsey Hyezo Marie, Jose Lleverino, Evan Surray, Diana Huerta, Luis Estrella, and Nicholas Tapia.

Photos by Mary Murphy

On this dark cloudy afternoon with scattered rain in Vista (Dec. 11), members of the Vista Elks Lodge 1968 made their way to 410 W. California and the nice looking facility that is home to the Boys and Girls Club of Vista. The large building closest to the driveway entrance is the gymnasium. That’s where Elk lodge members Myra Walker, Diane Philips, Kathy Harrod, Doreen Robertson, Sharon Olson and Ed Lopez convened to hold the Hoops Shoot, A Free Throw Program for Youth Ages 8-13.

The Hoop Shoot is free to all participants and provides youth an opportunity to compete, connect and succeed. Elk lodges across the country hold these contests. From there it’s the District contests, Regional contests, and then on to the National Finals. Each year, the Elks National Foundation strives to grant more money back to each state than it received from that state in donations. These grants help fund the state Elks associations’ major charitable projects, which include aid for people with disabilities, cancer research, children’s hospitals, youth camps, and safe havens for abused families. The state associations also use these grants to fund their Hoop Shoot, Soccer Shoot, Drug Awareness and scholarship programs, as well as other charitable and philanthropic projects.

Activity Director Tori Gomez told us that she has only been at the Boys and Girls Club since April and she is looking to get youngsters from the area involved in their programs. The Boys & Girls Club of Vista is a place designed solely for youth programs and activities. They are open weekdays after school (Monday through Friday), as well as during school breaks. Their goal is to be available when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets. They have a trained staff of youth development professionals, providing positive role models and mentors. The Club reaches out to kids who cannot afford, or may lack access to, other community programs. Dues are affordable so that any child can join the club.

Thanks to programs like this run by the Elks Lodge and dedicated professionals like those working at the Boys and Girls Club of Vista the youth in Vista have a safe place where they can play and learn.

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