40 finalists qualify for NFL Punt, Pass & Kick national finals NFC divisional playoff

Forty young athletes from across the United States will compete in the NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK National Finals Saturday, Jan. 10, in Seattle during the weekend of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game.

Finalists will compete separately in five age divisions at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash., 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 across the country qualified as national finalists.

NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, which began in 1961, is celebrating its 53rd 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.

"USA Football is pleased to manage the Punt, Pass & Kick program," USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. USA Football is the sport's national governing body and the official youth development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams. "This fun football competition rooted in fundamental skills continues to capture the imagination of young athletes, boys and girls alike. We congratulate our national finalists and look forward to an exciting Saturday in Seattle."

All participants and their guests are provided airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers.

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

Boys 6-7

NameHometownTeamEaston ReimersMissoula, Mont.Seattle SeahawksLucian DeeringMcKinney, TexasDallas CowboysAlexander McPhersonPalm City, Fla.Miami DolphinsAJ ManningRio Rancho, N.M.Arizona Cardinals

Girls 6-7

NameHometownTeamAlana Rose GarbigHernando, Fla.Tampa Bay BuccaneersSelena MaldonadoHornell, N.Y.Buffalo BillsKeyera CameronHemet, Calif.San Diego ChargersHannah CampbellWinchester, Tenn.Tennessee Titans

Boys 8-9

NameHometownTeamOmar Zachery Jr.Lawrenceville, Ga.Atlanta FalconsMatiwos RumleyHebron, Conn.Atlanta FalconsJake EpsteinBoynton Beach, Fla.Miami DolphinsJarom AlaniHo'okena, HawaiiSan Diego ChargersJarom AlaniHo'okena, HawaiiSan Diego Chargers

Girls 8-9

NameHometownTeamMacy RichardsonTecumseh, Neb.Kansas City ChiefsSamantha EhlersElk Point, S.D.Minnesota VikingsLauren CummingsBillings, Mont.Denver BroncosTylana AbrahamKailua- Kona, HawaiiSan Diego Chargers

Boys 10-11

NameHometownTeamIsaac TooleRockford, Mich.Detroit LionsAmari ThomasPrince George's County, Md.Washington RedskinsTyler JensonAlbuquerque, N.M.Arizona CardinalsRaymond Price IIIEast Palo Alto, Calif.San Francisco 49ers

Girls 10-11

NameHometownTeamJayla MedeirosKealakekua, HawaiiSan Diego ChargersElia HebelAlbany, TexasDallas CowboysRemy MintonFort Collins, Colo.Denver BroncosOlivia OsbornWaukesha, Wis.Green Bay Packers

Boys 12-13

NameHometownTeamDylan DowningLenexa, Kan.Kansas City ChiefsElias EspinozaPueblo, Colo.Denver BroncosDavis YorkGriffin, Ga.Atlanta FalconsCollin TravasosPleasanton, Calif.Oakland Raiders

Girls 12-13

NameHometownTeamAudrey Lee PelsterBurlington, Ky.Cincinnati BengalsKirstyn HinesWoodward, Okla.Dallas CowboysKendall De La VegaValencia, Calif.San Diego ChargersKatie Sue RahillyNewberry, Mich.Detroit Lions

Boys 14-15

NameHometownTeamAlex FolzSpring Grove, Minn.Minnesota VikingsTyler EvansSlinger, Wis.Green Bay PackersKealiiholookoa MaruyamaHenderson, Nev.San Diego ChargersEttman NoriegaSacramento, Calif.San Francisco 49ers

Girls 14-15

NameHometownTeamElizabeth MobergPort St. Lucie, Fla.Miami DolphinsKayleigh AddingtonLexington, Va.Washington RedskinsCalla HaldorsonHamilton, Mont.Seattle SeahawksMolly SaylorSouth Park, Pa.Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Punt, Pass and Kick is part of NFL Youth Football, which provides ways for children to play, watch and experience the game of football. For more information, visit NFLPPK.com. For other NFL PLAY 60 youth programs, visit NFLRUSH.com.

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