St. Mary student advances in Punt, Pass & Kick

Anne Marie Carter, an eighth-grader at St. Mary School in Oak Ridge, has advanced to the team championship level for the NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick Competition.

Anne’s journey began in her PE class the week of Sept. 22 as she won for 12-13-year old girls. As a school champion, she advanced to the Knoxville-area championship, known as the sectional championship, in October. Anne won this competition as well.

Anne will compete at the Tennessee Titans game on Dec. 7 in Nashville. She is one of four girls in her age group in the four-state region of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee to advance to this level of competition.

The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick (PPK) program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 to compete separately against their peers. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest NFL youth football program.

Girls and boys in five separate age divisions compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking. The PPK program is free – both to organizers who host a local competition and to every youngster who wants to participate. With thousands of boys and girls from around the country taking part in PPK competitions every year from May through January, it is one of the world’s largest youth sports participation programs.

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