Anne Marie Carter, an eighth-grader at St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge, has advanced to the Team Championship Level for the NFL’s Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition.
Carter’s journey began in her physical education class the week of September 22 when 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. Carter won this competition as well.
Carter will compete at the Tennessee Titans game on Sunday, December 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, and Kick, or PPK, program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of six 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, a press release said.
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, the release said.