The Green Bay Packers’ representatives in the NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK National Finals last Sunday, Olivia Osborn from Waukesha, Wis. and Tyler Evans from Slinger, Wis., each finished the competition in first place in their age divisions and were crowned national champions.

Finalists competed separately in five age divisions at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. The 10 national champions were recognized for their achievement live during Fox Network’s telecast of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. All 40 finalists were provided airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to Seahawks-Panthers game.

Competitors launched two punts, two passes and two kicks with scores based on distance and accuracy (in feet). The best score from each activity was tabulated to determine the athlete’s total. Youngsters advanced to the national finals through local, sectional and team championship competitions held throughout the NFL regular season. The top four scorers in each age group from across the country qualified as national finalists.

Established in 1961, the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick program is managed by USA Football, the sport’s national governing body. It is one of the nation’s largest grassroots sports skills competitions.

NFL stars – including current San Francisco 49ers quarterback COLIN KAEPERNICK and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks TROY AIKMAN and DAN MARINO – competed in the Punt, Pass & Kick program as youngsters.

“USA Football and the NFL congratulate all 40 national finalists and our 10 national champions in particular,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “The enthusiasm of today’s participants exudes the same energy as those of more than 50 years ago, marking another fun and exciting finish for all involved in Punt, Pass & Kick.”

Finalists are listed along with the NFL teams that hosted their regional competition:

Girls 10-11

Name              

Hometown

NFL team representing

Cumulative distance

Olivia Osborn

Waukesha, Wis.

Green Bay Packers

270’1”

Jayla Medeiros

Kealakekua, Hawaii

San Diego Chargers

258’4”

Elia Hebel

Albany, Texas

Dallas Cowboys

240’5”

Remy Minton

Fort Collins, Colo.

Denver Broncos

200’1”

Boys 14-15

Name              

Hometown

NFL team representing

Cumulative distance

Tyler Evans

Slinger, Wis.

Green Bay Packers

401’2”

Alex Folz

Spring Grove, Minn.

Minnesota Vikings

373’5”

Kealiiholookoa Maruyama

Henderson, Nev.

San Diego Chargers

352’3”

Ettman Noriega

Sacramento, Calif.

San Francisco 49ers

327’4”

NFL Punt, Pass and Kick is part of NFL Youth Football, which provides ways for children to play, watch and experience the game of football. For more information, visit www.NFLPPK.com. For other NFL PLAY 60 youth programs, visit www.NFLRUSH.com/play60.

 

The Green Bay Packers’ representatives in the NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK National Finals last Sunday, Olivia Osborn from Waukesha, Wis. and Tyler Evans from Slinger, Wis., each finished the competition in first place in their age divisions and were crowned national champions.

 

Finalists competed separately in five age divisions at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. The 10 national champions were recognized for their achievement live during Fox Network’s telecast of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. All 40 finalists were provided airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to Seahawks-Panthers game.

 

Competitors launched two punts, two passes and two kicks with scores based on distance and accuracy (in feet). The best score from each activity was tabulated to determine the athlete’s total. Youngsters advanced to the national finals through local, sectional and team championship competitions held throughout the NFL regular season. The top four scorers in each age group from across the country qualified as national finalists.

 

Established in 1961, the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick program is managed by USA Football, the sport’s national governing body. It is one of the nation’s largest grassroots sports skills competitions.

 

NFL stars – including current San Francisco 49ers quarterback COLIN KAEPERNICK and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks TROY AIKMAN and DAN MARINO – competed in the Punt, Pass & Kick program as youngsters.

 

“USA Football and the NFL congratulate all 40 national finalists and our 10 national champions in particular,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “The enthusiasm of today’s participants exudes the same energy as those of more than 50 years ago, marking another fun and exciting finish for all involved in Punt, Pass & Kick.”

 

Finalists are listed along with the NFL teams that hosted their regional competition:

Girls 10-11

Name              

Hometown

NFL team representing

Cumulative distance

Olivia Osborn

Waukesha, Wis.

Green Bay Packers

270’1”

Jayla Medeiros

Kealakekua, Hawaii

San Diego Chargers

258’4”

Elia Hebel

Albany, Texas

Dallas Cowboys

240’5”

Remy Minton

Fort Collins, Colo.

Denver Broncos

200’1”

 

Boys 14-15

Name              

Hometown

NFL team representing

Cumulative distance

Tyler Evans

Slinger, Wis.

Green Bay Packers

401’2”

Alex Folz

Spring Grove, Minn.

Minnesota Vikings

373’5”

Kealiiholookoa Maruyama

Henderson, Nev.

San Diego Chargers

352’3”

Ettman Noriega

Sacramento, Calif.

San Francisco 49ers

327’4”

 

NFL Punt, Pass and Kick is part of NFL Youth Football, which provides ways for children to play, watch and experience the game of football. For more information, visit www.NFLPPK.com. For other NFL PLAY 60 youth programs, visit www.NFLRUSH.com/play60.