For Parents

The grit movement is relatively recent in the education world, but the Elks have been developing gritty kids through the Hoop Shoot for more than 40 years.

The grit movement started a few years ago when psychologist Angela Duckworth studied people in challenging situations, including National Spelling Bee participants, rookie teachers in tough neighborhoods, and West Point cadets. Her research suggested that grit was a more accurate predictor of success than social intelligence, good looks, physical health, or IQ. Duckworth explains the premise in this short Ted Talk.

Through the Hoop Shoot program, we've been developing and reinforcing grit for more than 40 years--long before researchers and experts concluded that grit is so important for our children. Just listen to the parents and contestants in these videos. They’re talking about grit.

2015-16 Season

Bit by the Hoop Shoot Bug

Gettin' After It

Anything You Can Do

Sibling Rivalry

2014-15 Season

Ice Cream and the Rocky Road Back


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Father of the Man


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Preparation Meets Opportunity


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A Real Cool Hand


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All in the Elks Family


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My Sister's Footsteps


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