March 20, 2012 > Fremont resident "Hoop Shoot" champion
Fremont resident "Hoop Shoot" champion
Submitted By Larry Torres
Having already tasted glory in local, district, and state competitions, Harika Veeramacheneni captured another first-place finish on Saturday, February 25, when she wowed the crowds at the Elks "Hoop Shoot" West Regional Championship. Harika, 12 year-old daughter of Ramu and Saliaja Ravi, demonstrated accuracy from the penalty line well beyond her years and brought honors to her hometown of Fremont, CA.
Representing Fremont Elks Lodge #2121, Harika, a student at Hopkins Junior High School, sank 21 out of 25 free throws in the 12-13 year girls division, making her a true standout in the field of more than 3 million boys and girls, ages 8-13, who have participated in the contest since last fall. Now, Harika will travel, courtesy of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, to Springfield, Massachusetts - the birthplace of basketball - to be among 72 top youngsters vying for the chance to claim one of six national trophies awarded at the Elks "Hoop Shoot" National Free Throw Contest, April 26 - 29. A great showing in the national championship will not only earn Harika a place in Elks "Hoop Shoot" history, but also land her name on a plaque in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Now in its 40th year, the Elks "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest has seen more than 110 million participants since its inception, making it the largest coeducational 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, Olympic medalists and numerous professional athletes.