The Green Bay Packers will host the team championship of the annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition prior to the Packers-Cowboys game Sunday, Dec. 13.
The participants, 20 boys and 20 girls ages 6 to 15, advanced through local, regional and sectional competitions across Wisconsin to reach the championship contest, which will take place Sunday at noon in the Don Hutson Center. At Sunday's afternoon game, all 40 competitors will display their passing talents on Lambeau Field as part of the pregame festivities and the competition's winners will be introduced.
The winners' results will be matched against others across the NFL and qualifying individuals will advance to the national contest, which will be held during the Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans game on Jan. 3, 2016. All participants launch one punt, one pass and one kick with scores based on distance and accuracy (in feet). The top four scorers in each age group from across the country will qualify as national finalists.=
NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, which began in 1961, 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 NFL Punt, Pass & Kick program as youngsters.
Girls and boys competing Sunday include (6 and 7 year olds) Finley Tuscic, Cambridge; Isabella Kaiser, Edgar; Cooper Zeman, Mindoro; Addison Wreath, Appleton; Gannan Schwartz, Fond du Lac; Zachary Hewitt, New Berlin; Sam Searls, Brodhead; Glendon Thompson, Barron; (8 and 9 year olds) Abby Cole, Fond du Lac; Sydney Coker, Athens; Isabella Millan, Armstrong Creek; MaKenna Schooff, Brodhead; Cooper Jesperson, Eau Claire; Noah Cleveland, Grafton; Drew Kilgas, Omro; Carter Lund, Cambridge; (10 and 11 year olds) Madelyn Haubrich, Kenosha; Maggie Sohrweide, Oconto; Victoria Lantz, Argyle; Briana Klabunde, Cameron;*Matthew Pugh,Washburn; Luca Angelini,Racine; Connor Christensen,Oconto; Jack Steler,Beloit; (12 and 13 year olds) Alayna Suprenand,Fond du Lac; Samantha Martin,Platteville; Calette Lockington,Melrose; Madison Kowalski,Mosinee; Robert Shimek,Brillion; Riley Churchhill; Austin Miller; Anthony Vivian,Dodgeville; (14 and 15 year olds) Chloe Gruszynski,Crivitz; Callie Podmolik; Sara Braun,Brillion; Kenedi Brenne,Clear Lake; Jack Noffke,New London; William Enneking,Menomonee Falls, Jacob Karll,Fitchburg; Luke Anderson,Grantsburg*.
The NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick (PPK) program is a nationwide skills competition for youth between the ages of 6 and 15, and is the oldest NFL youth football program. For more information, visit http://www.nflppk.com/.