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06 January 2015

ALANA ROSE GARBIG TO REPRESENT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NFL PUNT, PASS AND KICK NATIONAL FINALS DURING NFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF GAME JANUARY 10 IN SEATTLE

Annual event features 40 finalists from 23 states

ALANA ROSE GARBIG from Hernando, Florida, will be among 40 young athletes from across the United States to compete in the NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK National Finals Saturday, Jan. 10, in Seattle during the weekend of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game. Garbig, who competes in the Girls 6-7 division, will represent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after advancing throughout Tampa Bay’s local competition, including the Buccaneers Team Championship, which took place at Raymond James Stadium on Nov. 30.
 
Finalists will compete separately in five age divisions at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington, 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 across the country qualified as national finalists.
 
NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, which began in 1961, is celebrating its 53rd anniversary. It is one of the nation’s largest grassroots sports skills competitions. NFL stars – including Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks TROY AIKMAN and DAN MARINO – competed in the Punt, Pass & Kick program as youngsters.
 
“USA Football is pleased to manage the Punt, Pass & Kick program,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. USA Football is the sport’s national governing body and the official youth development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams. “This fun football competition rooted in fundamental skills continues to capture the imagination of young athletes, boys and girls alike. We congratulate our national finalists and look forward to an exciting Saturday in Seattle.”
  
All participants and their guests are provided airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers.
 
Finalists are listed along with the NFL team that hosted their regional competition:
 
Boys 6-7
Name               Hometown NFL team representing
Easton Reimers Missoula, Mont. Seattle Seahawks
Lucian Deering McKinney, Texas Dallas Cowboys
Alexander McPherson Palm City, Fla. Miami Dolphins
AJ Manning Rio Rancho, N.M. Arizona Cardinals
 
Girls 6-7

Name               Hometown NFL team representing
Alana Rose Garbig Hernando, Fla. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Selena Maldonado Hornell, N.Y. Buffalo Bills
Keyera Cameron Hemet, Calif. San Diego Chargers
Hannah Campbell Winchester, Tenn. Tennessee Titans
 
Boys 8-9

Name               Hometown NFL team representing
Omar Zachery Jr Lawrenceville, Ga. Atlanta Falcons
Matiwos Rumley Hebron, Conn. New England Patriots
Jake Epstein Boynton Beach, Fla. Miami Dolphins
Jarom Alani Ho’okena, Hawaii San Diego Chargers
 
Girls 8-9

Name               Hometown NFL team representing
Macy Richardson Tecumseh, Neb. Kansas City Chiefs
Samantha Ehlers Elk Point, S.D. Minnesota Vikings
Lauren Cummings Billings, Mont. Denver Broncos
Tylana Abraham Kailua- Kona, Hawaii San Diego Chargers
 
Boys 10-11

Name               Hometown NFL team representing
Isaac Toole Rockford, Mich. Detroit Lions
Amari Thomas Prince George’s County, Md. Washington Redskins
Tyler Jenson Albuquerque, N.M. Arizona Cardinals
Raymond Price III East Palo Alto, Calif. San Francisco 49ers
 
Girls 10-11

Name               Hometown NFL team representing
Jayla Medeiros Kealakekua, Hawaii San Diego Chargers
Elia Hebel Albany, Texas Dallas Cowboys
Remy Minton Fort Collins, Colo. Denver Broncos
Olivia Osborn Waukesha, Wis. Green Bay Packers
 
Boys 12-13

Name               Hometown NFL team representing
Dylan Downing Lenexa, Kan. Kansas City Chiefs
Elias Espinoza Pueblo, Colo. Denver Broncos
Davis York Griffin, Ga. Atlanta Falcons
Collin Travasos Pleasanton, Calif. Oakland Raiders
 
Girls 12-13

Name               Hometown NFL team representing
Audrey Lee Pelster Burlington, Ky. Cincinnati Bengals
Kirstyn Hines Woodward, Okla. Dallas Cowboys
Kendall De La Vega Valencia, Calif. San Diego Chargers
Katie Sue Rahilly Newberry, Mich. Detroit Lions
 
Boys 14-15

Name               Hometown NFL team representing
Alex Folz Spring Grove, Minn. Minnesota Vikings
Tyler Evans Slinger, Wis. Green Bay Packers
Kealiiholookoa Maruyama Henderson, Nev. San Diego Chargers
Ettman Noriega Sacramento, Calif. San Francisco 49ers
 
Girls 14-15

Name               Hometown NFL team representing
Elizabeth Moberg Port St. Lucie, Fla. Miami Dolphins
Kayleigh Addington Lexington, Va. Washington Redskins
Calla Haldorson Hamilton, Mont. Seattle Seahawks
Molly Saylor South Park, Pa. Pittsburgh Steelers
 
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.
 
Contact:
Evelyn White
870-243-1998
evelyn@nflppk.com
 
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