May 1, 2017
MARTINSVILLE–From the first shot this season, Treylan Beamer felt he could make it to nationals.
“I just had a good feeling about it,” Beamer said.
That confidence, combined with hours of practice and support, helped Treylan place fourth overall out of more than 40,000 competitors at the Elks Lodge National Hoop Shoot.
Each year, the Elks National Foundation hosts a basketball tournament for kids across the country. Six groups of kids take aim at each level. At each stage of the competition, the players are split between girls and boys aged eight to nine, 10 to 11 and 12 to 13.
First, local lodges like Martinsville Lodge #1752 organize a free throw shooting event, which Treylan won in the 8 to 9 year-old boys grouping back on Jan. 14. Those winners then go on to the district competition, which in this case was held in Bedford on Jan. 21. Again, Treylan walked away a winner in his category. Those who earn the highest scores at the district level go on to the state competition, which took place Feb. 11 in Charlottesville. The Martinsville student was locked in, hitting 23 of 25 free throws to earn a spot at the regional competition in Fredric, Maryland. After winning at regionals, he made his way to the national stage at the end of April, competing in Chicago, Illinois.
Treylan and his family got some help from several local sources to make the trip. Martinsville Elks Lodge #1752 secretary Lynnette Kyle said that the hometown lodge took care of matching t-shirts for all of the Martinsville competitors at the district level. The lodge also paid for the players and their family members to eat breakfast and gave each family money for gas.
The Elks, from local to state to regional to national levels of the organization, help sponsor winning contestants and their families at every stage of competition. From hotel fees to airfare to food to gas expenses, all the contestants have to do is show up, play hard and have fun.
When they went to the regional competition in Virginia, Barry Nelson from Nelson Automotive donated a car for the family to drive.
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