Ryan Martin Crowned 1 of 6 'Champions of Champions' at Elks 'Hoop Shoot' National Free Throw Contest

Ryan, 11, Takes Top National Honors in Boys 10-11 Division



Apr 21, 2001, 01:00 ET from Elks

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 21 /PRNewswire Interactive News Service/ --
 Today in Springfield, Massachusetts, Wayne, Maine, resident Ryan Martin
 stepped up to the free-throw line at Western New England College knowing that
 he had a chance to capture a national title in the Elks "Hoop Shoot" National
 Free Throw Contest, and after sinking 24 of 25 free throws, and then a total
 of 25 out of 25 in five tie-breaking shoot-offs, Ryan snagged top honors.
 Facing stiff competition from the 11 other finalists in the Boys 10-11
 division, Ryan, the son of Nancy and Ken Martin, demonstrated for all that he
 had the talent, skills, and determination to carve a niche for himself from
 among the more than 3 million youngsters who participated in the competition
 that began last fall.
     Ryan will now have his name engraved again upon a permanent plaque,
 sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, at the Naismith
 Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Ryan, who represented Augusta Elks Lodge No.
 964, and the other first-, second-, and third-place finalists will also
 receive trophies at tonight's awards banquet honoring the 72 participants in
 the national finals.
     Ryan's impressive finish has also earned him a place alongside such past
 national champions as Indiana Pacer and Olympic gold medallist Chris Mullin,
 Chicago White Sox infielder Chris Snopek, and former North Carolina State star
 Jennifer Howard.
     The Elks "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest is entirely funded by the Elks,
 and for 29 years, the competition has promoted honesty, fair play, dedication,
 and effort among millions of boys and girls, ages 8 to 13, from across the
 nation.
 
     The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of
 America is a patriotic and philanthropic fraternal organization with nearly
 1.2 million members in more than 2,000 communities.
 
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    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 21 /PRNewswire Interactive News Service/ --
 Today in Springfield, Massachusetts, Wayne, Maine, resident Ryan Martin
 stepped up to the free-throw line at Western New England College knowing that
 he had a chance to capture a national title in the Elks "Hoop Shoot" National
 Free Throw Contest, and after sinking 24 of 25 free throws, and then a total
 of 25 out of 25 in five tie-breaking shoot-offs, Ryan snagged top honors.
 Facing stiff competition from the 11 other finalists in the Boys 10-11
 division, Ryan, the son of Nancy and Ken Martin, demonstrated for all that he
 had the talent, skills, and determination to carve a niche for himself from
 among the more than 3 million youngsters who participated in the competition
 that began last fall.
     Ryan will now have his name engraved again upon a permanent plaque,
 sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, at the Naismith
 Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Ryan, who represented Augusta Elks Lodge No.
 964, and the other first-, second-, and third-place finalists will also
 receive trophies at tonight's awards banquet honoring the 72 participants in
 the national finals.
     Ryan's impressive finish has also earned him a place alongside such past
 national champions as Indiana Pacer and Olympic gold medallist Chris Mullin,
 Chicago White Sox infielder Chris Snopek, and former North Carolina State star
 Jennifer Howard.
     The Elks "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest is entirely funded by the Elks,
 and for 29 years, the competition has promoted honesty, fair play, dedication,
 and effort among millions of boys and girls, ages 8 to 13, from across the
 nation.
 
     The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of
 America is a patriotic and philanthropic fraternal organization with nearly
 1.2 million members in more than 2,000 communities.
 
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