St. Mary’s student wins Titans PPK title

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Schools

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Anne Marie Carter won the Tennessee Titans team title for her age group in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition on Dec 7 in Nashville

Anne Marie Carter, an eighth-grader at St. Mary School in Oak Ridge, won the Tennessee Titans Punt, Pass and Kick team title for 12-13 year old girls on Dec. 7 and is now eligible to compete for a national title in January.

Anne Marie logged a division winning effort in competition at the St. Thomas Sports Park practice facility on the morning of the Titans game against the New York Giants.

Following the competition, Anne Marie and her fellow competitors were spectators at the game as guests of the Titans.

Anne Marie’s family was present in Nashville for the competition.

As a Titans team champion, Anne Marie’s score will be judged against other team winners from around the NFL.

If her score is among the top four nationally in her age group, Anne Marie will compete for a national title at an NFL playoff game in January.

Anne Marie’s journey began in her PE class the week of Sept. 22 as 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. Anne won this competition as well.

The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick (PPK) 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 compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking. The PPK program is free – both to organizers who host a local competition and to every youngster who wants to participate. 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.