Resolution K1329-2011

Congratulating Joseph Girard III upon the occasion of capturing the Elks National Hoop Shoot championship

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  • May 15, 2012: adopted

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION congratulating Joseph Girard III of Glens Falls,
New York, upon the occasion of capturing the Elks  National  Hoop  Shoot
championship

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body takes pleasure in honoring talented young
athletes   who   distinguish  themselves  and  their  community  through
outstanding athletic performance; and
  WHEREAS, Athletic competition enhances the moral and physical develop-
ment of the young people of this State, preparing them for the future by
instilling in them the value of  teamwork,  encouraging  a  standard  of
healthy living, imparting a desire for success and developing a sense of
fair play and competition; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is  the  intent  of  this  Legislative  Body  to
congratulate  Joseph Girard III of Glens Falls, New York, upon the occa-
sion of capturing the Elks National Hoop Shoot championship; and
  WHEREAS, On April 28, 2012,  at  Western  New  England  University  in
Springfield,  Massachusetts,  Joseph  Girard  III, an 11-year-old fifth-
grader from Glens Falls, New York, sunk all 25 of his foul-shots to  win
the national championship for his age group of 8 to 13 year olds; and
  WHEREAS,  With  his perfect 25-for-25 result from the free-throw line,
Joseph Girard III of Glens Falls, New  York,  also  received  the  Getty
Powell Award as the best overall shooter in the boys division; and
  WHEREAS,  As  an  Elks  national  champion, Joseph Girard III of Glens
Falls, New York, will have  his  name  inscribed  on  a  plaque  at  the
National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts; and
  WHEREAS, The Elks National Free Throw Contest, the Elks Hoop Shoot, is
the  largest  and most visible of the many youth activities sponsored by
Elks lodges throughout the country; it is active in all  50  states  and
the  District of Columbia; over three million boys and girls between the
ages of eight and 13 will participate this year; and
  WHEREAS, Now in its 40th year of national competition, the  Elks  Hoop
Shoot  started originally in 1946 as a local Elks activity in Corvallis,
Oregon; it has served to  highlight  the  Elks  national  commitment  to
youth; and
  WHEREAS,  Each  of  over 2,100 Elks lodges are encouraged to establish
their own local Hoop Shoot contests involving boys and girls  from  ages
eight  to  13;  in  the first year of the national program, boys from 19
states participated; in 1973, over 750,000 boys from 42 states took part
in the contest, and in the following  year,  girls  were  added  to  the
competition; and
  WHEREAS,  From  the millions of youngsters who participate in the Elks
Hoop Shoot program, six champions are named -- one boy and one  girl  --
each  in  three categories: ages 8-9; 10-11; and 12-13; the winners each
receive a trophy and their names are inscribed at the National  Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts; and
  WHEREAS,  The  competition  to  become  a  Elks Hoop Shoot champion is
rigorous; at each level contestants take a  total  of  25  free  throws;
national finalists average around 90 percent; and
  WHEREAS,  Families  participate  with  contestants throughout the Elks
Hoop Shoot competition; the parents of finalists on the state,  regional
and national levels attend the competition as guests of the Elks; and
  WHEREAS,  The Elks Hoop Shoot program has been effective in developing
both champions and character; educators and parents  have  endorsed  the
program  which  "teaches  a  person  how to win in good grace and how to
accept the moment of defeat without bitterness"; and

  WHEREAS, Excellence and success in competitive sports can be  achieved
only  through  strenuous  practice;  Joseph Girard III's dedication is a
year-round, everyday commitment; he is highly focused and has  developed
a matchless work ethic; and
  WHEREAS,  Joseph  Girard  III's exemplary performance in the Elks Hoop
Shoot  program  is  reflective  of  his  dedication,  determination  and
personal  commitment;  his  achievement  stands as a hallmark of what is
best in the families, schools and communities  across  New  York  State;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Joseph Girard III upon the occasion of his participation in
the 40th Annual Benevolent and Protective Order of  Elks  National  Hoop
Shoot  competition,  and  to  commend  him for the enduring honor he has
brought to his family, his school and his community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Joseph Girard III.

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