August 11, 2011

Memphis to Host Local NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition

Area football enthusiasts will get a chance to punt, pass and kick their way to an NFL playoff game. Memphis will be hosting a local competition for the NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK (PPK) program.

The PPK is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 to compete separately against their peers. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program. This year PPK will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

Girls and boys in five separate age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15) compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging forum. The PPK program is free - both to organizers who host a local competition and to every youngster who wants to participate.

The Memphis Punt, Pass & Kick competition is scheduled for September 10 beginning at 8 a.m. at Johnson Park. For more information contact park director Allen Garrett at 660-341-0714.

Participants may register and compete in only one local competition. The participant's age is determined as of December 31 of the current year. No cleats are allowed - all participants must wear gym shoes.

Each athlete is allowed one punt, one pass, and one kick. Scores are based on distance and accuracy. Example: If a participant passes the ball 100 feet, but the ball lands 30 feet to the right of the measuring tape, the final score would be 70 (100 - 30 = 70).

A participant's final score is his/her cumulative total for the three individual events. Example: If a participant scores 40 for punting, 60 for passing, and 22 for kicking, the participant's final score is 122.

The top finisher in each of the boys and girls divisions from the five age brackets of each local competition will advance to the sectional round. Sectional winners will advance to the Team Championship level to be held at a home game for one of the closest NFL teams, such as the St. Louis Rams or Kansas City Chiefs. Top qualifiers at the team events then advance to the finals to be held at an NFL playoff game.

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