BRISTOL -- Local youth and community members participated the Parks, Recreation, and Youth & Community Services Department’s 23rd annual Turkey Shoot Basketball Contest held outside Nov. 7 at both Page Park and Stocks Playground basketball courts.
The Turkey Shoot has guardian and child duos competing in basketball foul shooting contests for a chance to win a $25 gift card to purchase a turkey, along with other prizes.
Participants were placed into divisions based on the age of the child: 4-5 years old, 6-7 years old, 8-9 years old, 10-11 years old, and 12-13 years old.
The event looked slightly different this year.
“We reached out to all registered participants prior to the event and communicated the event’s agenda and outlined the changes that would be made in light of Covid precautions,” said Amry Shelby, the department’s recreation supervisor.
Traditionally, the Turkey Shoot is held indoors at the Chippens Hill Middle School gym. However, the rare 70 degree weather this year allowed for it to be held outdoors this year. While the sun shone for the duration of the event, participants were asked to social distance and wait off the court after registering.
Once the participants were screened for covid-19, each pair was called up individually to take their foul shots. Additionally, each pair was given the opportunity to take three bonus shots from anywhere on the court.
More than 60 participants across all the age divisions took part this year. The winning pairs in each division are:
4-5 years old division – Kyrie Adams and Mason Stokes.
6-7 years old division – Matthew Achim and Daniella Achim.
8-9 years old division – Amari Walker and Shianne Walker.
10-11 years old division – Lukas Dahn and Jeff Dahn.
12-13 years old division – Naseem Walker-Jenkins and Shianne Walker.
Thanks to Price Chopper, the first pair in each age division took home a $25 gift card to purchase a turkey. Raffle prizes and complementary registration basketballs were made possible by the department’s sponsors at Dick’s Sporting Goods, ESPN, Firehouse Subs, and Sparetime Entertainment.
“Our department was beyond excited to host the 23rd annual Turkey Shoot this year, and want to extend a congratulations to all of this year’s winners,” Shelby said. “In a time where there is so much uncertainty, it was our goal to keep this fantastic tradition going. The successful implementation of safety protocols and guidelines, along with some help from Mother Nature, allowed this year’s Turkey Shoot to be successful yet again.”
For more information about up the department’s upcoming programs and events, visit www.BristolRec.com , or find Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services on Facebook.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.