Forty young athletes from around the country will compete in the NFL PUNT, PASS AND KICK National Finals on Jan. 14 in Baltimore during the weekend of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game. A special on-field award presentation will air after the third quarter of the game, which airs on CBS on Jan. 15.
The Green Bay Packers' representative, Lucas Heyroth, Lodi, Wis., will be competing after winning his division in the Packers' team championship competition, Dec. 11, in the Don Hutson Center.
Finalists will compete separately in five age divisions at the Ravens' team facility, with the top scorer in each group crowned national champion. All participants launch two punts, two passes and two kicks, with scores based on distance and accuracy (in feet). The best score from each activity is tabulated to determine the athlete's total. All youngsters advanced to the National Finals through local, sectional and team championship competitions held throughout the NFL regular season. The top four scorers in each age group from around the country qualified as national finalists.
NFL Punt, Pass and Kick, which began in 1961 is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. It is the nation's largest grassroots sports skills competition. NFL stars including Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks TROY AIKMAN and DAN MARINO competed in the Punt, Pass and Kick program as youngsters.
"The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick program gives girls and boys around the country a way to stay healthy and active and to learn the basic skills of football," said NFL Senior Vice President of Events FRANK SUPOVITZ. "We are pleased to see so many of our young fans learning about football through this program."
All participants and their guest are provided airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game.