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PRO BOWL: 40 Children Finalists for NFL Punt, Pass & Kick National Championships

ORLANDO, Fla  – Forty (40) youth athletes from across the United States will compete in the NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS on Friday, Jan. 27 from 12 – 2:15 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports as part of PRO BOWL WEEK in Orlando, Fla.

Finalists in five age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15) will compete on the national stage in Orlando, where the NFL will celebrate all levels of football. All participants launch two punts, two passes and two kicks with scores based on distance and accuracy (in feet). The top scorer in each group will be crowned the national champion.

“We are excited to celebrate the Punt, Pass & Kick finalists and highlight their skills alongside the pros on the Pro Bowl stage in Orlando,” said NFL Senior Director of Youth Football ROMAN OBEN. “This generation of Pro Bowl players began their careers playing competitive youth sports, and it is important we recognize this next generation of youth athletes and their accomplishments.”

Finalists advanced to the national championships through local, sectional and team championship competitions held throughout the NFL regular season. The top four scorers in each age group from across the country qualified as national finalists.

“USA Football is pleased to manage the Punt, Pass & Kick program, and we congratulate our national finalists,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “The Punt, Pass and Kick competition is an exciting opportunity for our young athletes to showcase their skills in a competition rooted in the games fundamentals. We’re looking forward to an exciting week in Orlando.”

NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, which began in 1961, is celebrating its 56th anniversary. It is one of the nation’s largest grassroots sports skills competitions. NFL stars – including Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks TROY AIKMAN and DAN MARINO – competed in the Punt, Pass & Kick program as youngsters.

All participants and their guests are provided airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to the 2017 Pro Bowl, which will be televised live from Camping World Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8 PM ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Finalists are listed along with the NFL team that hosted their regional competition:

Boys 6-7
Name

Hometown

NFL team representing

Colt Ward

Wauseon, Ohio

Cleveland Browns

Callan Kirk

Houston, Texas

Houston Texans

Jaxon King

Billings, Mont.

Denver Broncos

Samuel Kuehn

Ste. Genevieve, Miss.

Kansas City Chiefs

Girls 6-7
Name

Hometown

NFL team representing

Elly Evarts

Gibsonburg, Ohio

Cleveland Browns

Jessica Rocha

Mesquite, Texas

Dallas Cowboys

Jenna Wilkes

Salem, Va.

Washington Redskins

Jessie DeMarasse

Whitewater, Wis.

Green Bay Packers

Boys 8-9
Name

Hometown

NFL team representing

Carson Moore

Boones Mill, Va.

Washington Redskins

Landon Ruoff

Leo, Ind.

Indianapolis Colts

Bryce Riehl

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Denver Broncos

Owen Espinoza

Weston, Ohio

Cleveland Browns

Girls 8-9
Name

Hometown

NFL team representing

MaKenna Schooff

Brodhead, Wis.

Green Bay Packers

Keyera Cameron

Hemet, Calif.

San Diego Chargers

Kori Margain

Antioch, Calif.

Oakland Raiders

Selena Maldonado

Hornell, N.Y.

Buffalo Bills

Boys 10-11
Name

Hometown

NFL team representing

Tyrese Leutele

New Kensington, Pa.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Blake Jacobs

Dixon, Calif.

Oakland Raiders

Tyler Johnson

Slinger, Wis.

Green Bay Packers

Zeli Hayworth

Ormond Beach, Fla.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Girls 10-11
Name

Hometown

NFL team representing

Thea Shoffner

Redding, Calif.

Oakland Raiders

Johnea Donahue

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Indianapolis Colts

Macy Richardson

Tecumseh, Neb.

Kansas City Chiefs

Ava Hamilton

Litchfield, Ariz.

Arizona Cardinals

Boys 12-13
Name

Hometown

NFL team representing

Darius Webb

Brewton, Ala.

New Orleans Saints

Thomas Nattania

Virginia Beach, Va.

Washington  Redskins

Ethan McDaniel

Goodland, Kan.

Denver Broncos

Nathan Wulff

Omaha, Neb.

Kansas City Chiefs

Girls 12-13
Name

Hometown

NFL team representing

Emily Najera

Fresno, Calif.

Oakland Raiders

Natalie Sims

El Cajon, Calif.

San Diego Chargers

Kathryn Eidle

Arlington Heights, Ill.

Chicago Bears

Brynna Nixon

Bonney Lake, Wash.

Seattle Seahawks

Boys 14-15
Name

Hometown

NFL team representing

Casey Canonica

Tacoma, Wash.

Seattle Seahawks

David Bertelsen

Marana, Ariz.

Arizona Cardinals

Kendall Barta

Lewistown, Mont.

Denver Broncos

Kenvin Ymanca-Delgato

Buenavista, Ga.

Atlanta Falcons

Girls 14-15
Name

Hometown

NFL team representing

Allie Coker

Indiana, Pa.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Jenna Hayes

Fairfax, Va.

Washington Redskins

Kendall De La Vega

Valencia, Calif.

San Diego Chargers

Lauren Law

Greenwood Village, Colo.

Denver Broncos

1 comment

  1. Jason Reply

    I am really bothered that the NFL is canceling the punt ,pass and kick event. Can you please explain to me why this is happening. Many kids across the country look forward to this event. Fans look forward to seeing these kids on the field at half time doing what many of the go outside every day and practice for. To see the smile on their face when they walk out on that field and look at what they have earned by getting of the video games and working hard to achieve. Makeing memories with their parents as they travel together to the next event. Parents getting to see their kids setting goals and working hard to achieve them. I thought the NFL wanted kids to be active, but take away the events that get them outside and practice for and be active.I believe you really don’t care about the kids activity level. It’s just promotional. Another way to make money and that’s what this boils down to because you had to pay for these kids and parents to travel and stay for a night. well, with all the money the NFL makes and can’t help kids make memories with their parents and reach the goal they set for themselves is just mind blowing.allow players to do the things they do and disrespect our country’s flag without a word from the NFL no fines, no punishment. These players should have no place in the NFL and given the opportunity to be a role model for our youth. It’s supposed to be ALL ABOUT THE KIDS right we’ll step back and look what you are offering to them and now taking away. Please I ask you bring back the event for them. Let them learn, grow, fail and succeed that’s the way they will grow and become the best person, kid, mother and or father they were meant to be. They are our future they are our children they are the foundation for which with out our foundation we fall.
    So please reconsider the cancellation of this event and think back to when you were young with these types of opportunities. Don’t take that away from your kids or grandkids we were all a kid once,remember all those great childhood memories? Give them the opportunity to make those same memories
    Thank you
    Jason

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