Eighth grader to compete in National PPK Championships - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Eighth grader to compete in National Punt, Pass and Kick Championships

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Nicholas Sanchez, an eighth grader at Frenship Middle School, found out that he was headed to the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship game in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 2011, to compete in the National Punt, Pass and Kick (PPK) Championships.

The National Football League pays all expenses for the youth and one guest to travel and attend the competition and game. Nicholas and his dad, Nick, flew out of Lubbock on Thursday for Atlanta.

Scores from the first place winners in each age bracket are compared statewide with only the top five finishers advancing to the Team Championship. Nicholas placed first at the championships with the following scores: Punt 109' 1", Pass 122' 7", and Kick 120' 4" for a total score of 352'. His total score was high enough to qualify him for a chance at the National PPK Championships. Only four youth per age bracket advance to the finals, making this an outstanding accomplishment for each of the youth participating in the national event.

Since 1961, boys and girls have participated in this national skills competition in punting, passing, and place kicking, and many current NFL players participated in Punt, Pass and Kick as youth.

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