NASHVILLE, Tenn. –This past Sunday, 43 youth from Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee visited Saint Thomas Sports Park to compete in the 2013 Punt, Pass & Kick team championship. The winner of each boys and girls age bracket was declared the Titans NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Team Champion!
|Tampa Bay Rays and former Vanderbilt pitcher David Price greets Punt, Pass & Kick contestants after participating in the "12th Titan" pregame ceremony. Photos of the PP&K competition.|
In addition, the first-place winner from each of the boys' and girls' divisions became eligible to advance to the National Finals. However, their scores must be in the top four nationally, in their respective age groups, to qualify for the national competition.
Upon completing the contest, the competitors rushed over to LP Field to enjoy the game, snacks and display their skills in a performance at halftime. As an additional surprise, the PP&K participants lined up with our very own Tennessee Titans during the national anthem, in which they were greeted by several players with enthusiastic high fives and "12th Titan" David Price.
The youngsters listed below all hope to duplicate the feat Ryan Garner of Dyer, Tenn., accomplished in 2006 – advance from the Titans team championship to that of a national PP&K winner! Garner was the age 10-11 national winner that year and is the only Tennessean to claim the national title since the competition began in 1961.
The Titans would like to congratulate all 43 of the youngsters listed below for advancing to this past Sunday's team championship!
(The names are place in competition placement order under each age bracket.)
Emma Powell, Franklin, Tenn.; Abby Flynt, Petersburg, Tenn.; Reese Beaty, Jamestown, Tenn.; Jaycie Bull, Centerville, Ark.
Cadashia Collins, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Kayla Sines, Franklin, Tenn.; Hannah Ogle, Springdale, Ark.; Gabby Beaty, Jamestown Tenn.
Olivia Henderson, Paris, Tenn.; Molly Pledger, Jackson, Tenn.; Yagmur Arslan, Franklin, Tenn.; Bendicte Mutubwa, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Mary Kate Brown, Atkins, Ark.; Jasmine Al-Ahmad, Paris, Ark.; Mikayla Hamilton, Owensboro, Ky.; Kiera Taylor, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Hannah Burfield, Ola, Ark.
Kassidy Riley, Alamo, Tenn.;Kendall Roberts, Atkins, Ark.; Shawnquell Stanfield, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Grace Coates, Casa, Ark.
Trevor Sing, Kelso, Tenn.; Jackson Herrington, Franklin, Tenn.; Truitt Webb, Paris, Tenn.; Trenton Witherspoon, Radcliff, Ark.; Jack Taylor, Fayetteville, Ark.
Aaron Walton, Brentwood, Tenn.; Andy Sullins, Athens, Tenn.; James Mitchell, Jackson, Tenn.; Matthew Jackson, Ola, Ark.
Joseph Waters, Franklin, Tenn.; Josh Street, Paris, Tenn.; Ben Pledger, Jackson, Tenn.; Nick Dunlap, Birmingham, Ala.; Austin Gough, Owensboro, Ky.
Tayne Davis, Dayton, Tenn.; Luke Watson, Hendersonville, Tenn.; Will Roberts, Atkins Ark.; Cole Clark, Clarksville, Tenn.
Brennan Claypoole, El Dorado, Ark.; Nathan Watson, Hendersonville, Tenn.; Hunter Hudson, Trenton, Tenn.; Tyler Enos, Chattanooga, Tenn.
About Punt, Pass, and Kick
The NFL's PP&K program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6-15 to compete separately against their peers. Established in 1961, the PP&K program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program.
Girls and boys in five separate age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15) compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging forum.
The PP&K program is free – both to organizers who host a local competition and to every youngster who wants to participate. With more than four million boys and girls from around the country taking part in the NFL's PP&K competition every year from July through January, it is one of the world's largest youth sports participation programs.