Punt, Pass and Kick competition Sunday

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:56 am on Thursday, September 27, 2012

GREENVILLE — It’s football season and now area kids will have another opportunity to show off their various skills.

The NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick (PPK) competition is coming to Greenville on Sunday. The event, open to area kids ages 6 to 15 will take place at Legacy Field at Greenville High School beginning at 2 p.m.

The PPK was established in 1961 and is a national skills competition with local, sectional, state and national levels. The event is free and is being hosted by Tim Thompson, owner of Mattress 4U in Greenville.

Thompson also hosted MLB’s Pitch, Hit and Run this past summer.

“Winners from here will go to a regional in Holland and then winners from there get to go to Ford Field,” Thompson said. “Winners of the state competition will compete in either an NFL divisional championship game or the Super Bowl.”

The finals competition location hasn’t been decided yet, but will take place in January.

The competition is broken up into five age groups (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15) with separate competitions for boys and girls. More than three million kids compete each year across the country.

Each competitor will be allowed one punt, one pass and one placekick. Scoring is based not only on distance, but accuracy, as well. The top finisher in each of the boy’s and girl’s divisions in each age bracket will advance to the sectional round.

“I’m expecting to have a few kids that will advance and do well in the sectional competition,” Thompson said. “We hope that someone will make it to Ford Field.”

Thompson, who has two boys, enjoys hosting the competitions.

“I have boys in that age group and the last couple of years they participated in the Portland PPK. They both qualified for sectionals,” he said. “It was awesome when I was a kid and we looked forward to doing it every year. I wanted to start that here.”

You can register in advance at the Greenville Recreation Department or Mattress 4U (behind Applebee’s). Registration forms can be downloaded online at nflppk.com. and can be dropped off at Mattress 4U between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. through  Saturday. A copy of a birth certificate must be present.

For more information contact Thompson at (616) 712-6288.

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