Free Throw Winners Have Their Own Goals - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

02/28/04

Free Throw Winners Have Their Own Goals

The winners from the Coast Elks Free Throw Contest now have a new challenge. Just weeks ago, almost 4,000 students competed to win their local competition to be able to compete Saturday.  The top 32 winners from Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula, and Ocean Springs vied to get to the state level Saturday morning. 

The competition was based on promoting positive choices for younger students.

Ten-year-old basketball players may not have Michael Jordan's jump shot yet, but they were still able to walk away with trophies Saturday.

"It feels good and everything," Kurt Kuluz said.

Kurt Kuluz won the eight through nine-year-old boy's age division, walking away with a free throw record that rivals many college players.

"I made 15 out of 25," Kuluz said proudly.

Nia Shy won the 10 to 11-year-old girl's division. She's been getting ready for the event for weeks.

"I keep on practicing and practicing," Shy said.

But parents said this event is not just about having fun, it's about promoting a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.

"I just think an influence of sports and sporting events with structure and parental supervision and other adults involved in her life give her an opportunity to stay drug-free," Bill Roberts, the parent of a 13-year-old said.

Organizers of the Elks Free-Throw contest agree.

"This is the Elks way of showing our community, state, and nation, to show children anything is better than doing drugs," Dick Hobson, the Elks Organizer said.

Anna Claire Allison knows when she gets older, influences like this will help her make better choices, too.

"Where people can come and stay off of drugs," Allison said.

But for now, she's thinking short-term.

"I think we go to state next, and I'm really excited," Allison said.

The state basketball Elks tournament will be here in South Mississippi in two weeks.

Claire Nelson

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Wilkerson makes history in two-hit shutout

    Wilkerson makes history in two-hit shutout

    Sunday, July 23 2017 11:47 PM EDT2017-07-24 03:47:31 GMT

    Faced with a four-game losing streak and the potential of their first series sweep of the season, the Biloxi Shuckers snapped out of their funk in a big way with a 7-0 victory over the Mississippi Braves on Sunday. 

    More >>

    Faced with a four-game losing streak and the potential of their first series sweep of the season, the Biloxi Shuckers snapped out of their funk in a big way with a 7-0 victory over the Mississippi Braves on Sunday. 

    More >>
  • Marriage equality celebrated in Biloxi

    Marriage equality celebrated in Biloxi

    Sunday, July 23 2017 11:03 PM EDT2017-07-24 03:03:50 GMT

    On Saturday, marriage equality was celebrated. An event called One Night Out showcased the positive reaction to the federal law from 2015 that guaranteed marriage equality. 

    More >>

    On Saturday, marriage equality was celebrated. An event called One Night Out showcased the positive reaction to the federal law from 2015 that guaranteed marriage equality.

    More >>
  • WLOX News This Week: Biloxi Development

    WLOX News This Week: Biloxi Development

    A building boom is happening in Biloxi, within the next several months more than 300 new hotel rooms will be available downtown.

    More >>

    A building boom is happening in Biloxi, within the next several months more than 300 new hotel rooms will be available downtown.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly