By Tamas Mondovics
The North Brandon Family YMCA announced last month that for the first time in the facility’s long history, it will host the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick (PPK) competition.
The PPK contest is led by specific rules sectioned by the National Football League and is a free national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of six and 15 to compete separately against their peers with a chance to represent their team during a national final contest.
“The competition will be the last of three PPK events in the area which will reflect well on our programs, including our flag football held on our athletic field,” said North Brandon YMCA executive director, George Sorensen.
PPK was established in 1961, and is NFL longest running youth program, promising to allow local youth the experience of learning football fundamentals in a fun-filled, engaging and supportive non-contact environment.
Buccaneers’ own starting quarterback, Josh Freeman, along with Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Troy Aikman and Dan Marino also took part in the skills competition.
During the contest, girls and boys in five separate age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15) will have a chance to compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging forum.
Scheduled for Saturday, September 14, at 1 p.m., PPK participants may begin to check-in at noon on at the North Brandon Y, located at 3097 S Kingsway Rd. in Seffner.
The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading nonprofits, strengthening Hillsborough and East Pasco communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
“The upcoming NFL PPK will be a great exposure for the facility and a chance for residents from the Brandon and surrounding areas to see what our facility offers,” Sorensen said.
All participants must register through the NFL PPK website or at the North Brandon Y by contacting Irene Rapoza at 685-5402 or Irene.Rapoza@tampaymca.org. For more information, visit www.NFLPPK.com.