Greenwich's Powell a force from the charity stripe

Parkway School third-grader Michael Powell stands next to his dad, Mike Powell, and shows off his hardware after winning the District Championship in the Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest.

Parkway School third-grader Michael Powell stands next to his dad, Mike Powell, and shows off his hardware after winning the District Championship in the Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest.

Michael Powell, a third-grader at Parkway School, won the district championship in the Elks Hoop Shot Free Throw contest held Jan. 5 in Fairfield.

Contestants got to shoot 25 baskets, 10 in the first round and 15 in the second, and Powell finished tops overall by draining 20 of 25 free throws. The second place athletes finished three shots behind Powell.

In order to advance to Districts, Powell won the local contest in Stamford, converting all but two of his free throws.

By winning Districts, Powell will head to New Britain for competition with three other district winners throughout the Nutmeg State.

If Powell advances, he will go to the Regional championship in Portland, Maine and battle four other champions for the right to compete in the National championship in Springfield, Mass.

The Powell family is no stranger to success in the Elks Hoops Shot Free Throw Contest, Mike Powell, Michael’s father, won the Alabama state championship in both 1981 and 1983.

He also won Regionals in 1981, took second in the 1983 Regionals and went to Nationals in 1981, placing seventh overall.

The younger Powell wears his lucky New York Knick’s Amare Stoudemire jersey during every contest and his favorite player is Chicago Bulls legend and NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan.

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