By Chris Fish
PALM BAY -- Boys and girls, between the ages 6 to 15, will have the chance to punt, pass or kick their way to success this weekend.
On Sunday, Sept. 15, at 9 a.m., the Palm Bay Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual "NFL Punt, Pass and Kick" event.
This free event is a national skills competition, which allows boys and girls to compete separately against their peers.
The participants are separated into five different age divisions, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15. In the age divisions, each participant competes against one another by seeing who can punt, pass and place-kick the furthest.
"I really love running this event," said Al Majoy, recreation leader for Palm Bay Parks and Recreation. "It's great to watch both boys and girls competing and having fun with this event."
Winners qualify for a Sectional PPK event at a date that is yet to be determined.
At last year's event, Mr. Majoy said that there were 56 participants, with 10 boy winners and 10 girl winners advancing to compete in the Sectional PPK event.
Mr. Majoy said that each participant will also receive gift certificates to local restaurants.
Since its establishment in 1961, the program is the oldest NFL Youth Football Program.
Each participant is required to supply a copy of his or her birth certificate upon registration.
Tennis shoes are required.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. the day of the event at Liberty Park.
For more information, call Park and Recreation at (321) 952-3443 or Al Majoy at (321) 733-3065.