Thanks to the support of the Marco Island Optimist flag football program, 45 participants took part in the nationwide NFL Punt, Pass and Kick (PPK) competition hosted by the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department in late September at Mackle Park. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest of all the NFL youth football programs. This program attracts more than four million participants nationwide each year. This was the City’s twelfth year of hosting the competition.
The competition is broken into five age divisions, with boys and girls competing separately. Each participant punts, kicks and throws a football into an open field. Points are given for distance and accuracy for each portion of the competition, and then combined to reach an overall score. The program is free to anyone who participates.
Winners of the Marco Island PPK competition went on to the Sectional Championships held at the Miami Dolphins practice facility in Dania, where they competed for a chance to advance to the “Team Championships” in December. The participants were honored at a recent council meeting.
The Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank all of the young athletes who participated this year. Special thanks go to the Marco Island Senior Softball League who participated as the “field crew,” spotting and measuring each event.
Winners of the Marco Island competition were:
Boys 6/7 years old – Jack Bonos 117’2”
Girls 8/9 years old – Savannah Drott 91’3”
Boys 8/9 years old – Jake Bruni 166’5”
Girls 10/11 years old – Lyndsay Lowdermilk* 135’-3”
Boys 10/11 years old – Bobby Leiti** 200’-2”
Boys 12/13 years old – James Burns 184’1”
Boys 14/15 years old – Jack Smith 210’7”
* four time winner **repeat winner