Hawaii 24/7 Staff
Jason Alani, a Chargers fan from Captain Cook, has won the national championship for the Boys 8-9 division of the NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick competition.
Alani was among the winners honored Sunday during on-field award presentation during the AFC divisional playoff game between the Ravens and the Texans.
Forty young athletes from around the country competedd in the national finals Saturday in Baltimore during the weekend of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game.
Finalists competed in five age divisions at the Ravens’ team facility, with the top scorer in each group crowned national champion. All participants launch two punts, two passes and two kicks, with scores based on distance and accuracy (in feet). The best score from each activity is tabulated to determine the athlete’s total.
All 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 around the country qualified as national finalists.
“The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick program gives girls and boys around the country a way to stay healthy and active and to learn the basic skills of football,” said NFL senior vice president of events Frank Supovitz. “We are pleased to see so many of our young fans learning about football through this program.”
The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick 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 (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15) compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging forum.
The PPK program is free – both to organizers who host a local competition and to every youngster who wants to participate.
With more than 3 million boys and girls from around the country taking part in PPK competitions every year from July through January, it is one of the world’s largest youth sports participation programs.
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