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

Name Hometown Team
Easton Reimers Missoula, Mont. Seattle Seahawks
Lucian Deering McKinney, Texas Dallas Cowboys
Alexander McPherson Palm City, Fla. Miami Dolphins
AJ Manning Rio Rancho, N.M. Arizona Cardinals

Girls 6-7

Name Hometown Team
Alana Rose Garbig Hernando, Fla. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Selena Maldonado Hornell, N.Y. Buffalo Bills
Keyera Cameron Hemet, Calif. San Diego Chargers
Hannah Campbell Winchester, Tenn. Tennessee Titans

Boys 8-9

Name Hometown Team
Omar Zachery Jr. Lawrenceville, Ga. Atlanta Falcons
Matiwos Rumley Hebron, Conn. Atlanta Falcons
Jake Epstein Boynton Beach, Fla. Miami Dolphins
Jarom Alani Ho'okena, Hawaii San Diego Chargers
Jarom Alani Ho'okena, Hawaii San Diego Chargers

Girls 8-9

Name Hometown Team
Macy Richardson Tecumseh, Neb. Kansas City Chiefs
Samantha Ehlers Elk Point, S.D. Minnesota Vikings
Lauren Cummings Billings, Mont. Denver Broncos
Tylana Abraham Kailua- Kona, Hawaii San Diego Chargers

Boys 10-11

Name Hometown Team
Isaac Toole Rockford, Mich. Detroit Lions
Amari Thomas Prince George's County, Md. Washington Redskins
Tyler Jenson Albuquerque, N.M. Arizona Cardinals
Raymond Price III East Palo Alto, Calif. San Francisco 49ers

Girls 10-11

Name Hometown Team
Jayla Medeiros Kealakekua, Hawaii San Diego Chargers
Elia Hebel Albany, Texas Dallas Cowboys
Remy Minton Fort Collins, Colo. Denver Broncos
Olivia Osborn Waukesha, Wis. Green Bay Packers

Boys 12-13

Name Hometown Team
Dylan Downing Lenexa, Kan. Kansas City Chiefs
Elias Espinoza Pueblo, Colo. Denver Broncos
Davis York Griffin, Ga. Atlanta Falcons
Collin Travasos Pleasanton, Calif. Oakland Raiders

Girls 12-13

Name Hometown Team
Audrey Lee Pelster Burlington, Ky. Cincinnati Bengals
Kirstyn Hines Woodward, Okla. Dallas Cowboys
Kendall De La Vega Valencia, Calif. San Diego Chargers
Katie Sue Rahilly Newberry, Mich. Detroit Lions

Boys 14-15

Name Hometown Team
Alex Folz Spring Grove, Minn. Minnesota Vikings
Tyler Evans Slinger, Wis. Green Bay Packers
Kealiiholookoa Maruyama Henderson, Nev. San Diego Chargers
Ettman Noriega Sacramento, Calif. San Francisco 49ers

Girls 14-15

Name Hometown Team
Elizabeth Moberg Port St. Lucie, Fla. Miami Dolphins
Kayleigh Addington Lexington, Va. Washington Redskins
Calla Haldorson Hamilton, Mont. Seattle Seahawks
Molly Saylor South 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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