JCC to host free local NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition

by | Sep 5, 2014 | What’s Happening

Sunday, Sept. 21, 10 am to 3 pm

Boys and girls ages six through 15 are invited to bring their skills to the Simon Family JCC to compete for a chance to go all the way to an NFL playoff game this season.

Punt, Pass and Kick is a nationwide football skills competition sponsored annually by the National Football League and designed to provide America’s young athletes an opportunity to compete against their peers in five age brackets. Established in 1961, PPK is the oldest NFL youth football program. More than three million kids from around the country take part in PPK competitions from May through January, making it one of the largest youth sports participation programs.

Kids can compete separately in five age divisions (6–7, 8–9, 10–11, 12–13, 14–15) by punting, passing and kicking anytime they chose between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm at the JCC. All participants launch one punt, one pass and one kick, with scores based on distance and accuracy, in the hopes of winning a chance to advance to sectionals.

The contest is free and all that’s needed is a birth certificate to verify age. Players can only participate in one local competition a year.

The top finisher in each age group at each local competition will qualify for the sectional competition. At sectionals, each participant starts over and tallies new scores.

The top four finishers in each age group at the sectional competition advance to the team championship in their respective NFL market. The winners there are named that NFL market’s Punt, Pass and Kick champion. From there, the top four scores nationally in each age group come together for the national competition. The finals generally take place in January at an NFL stadium that’s playing host to a playoff game.

To register for the free PPK event at the JCC, visit the NFL’s Punt Pass and Kick website, NFLPPK.com, or email tedwards@simonfamilyjcc.org.

The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.