Seventy-six youngsters participated in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick event for the Butte/Silver Bow area, conducted on Sunday at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.
The Kiwanis Club of Butte hosted the competition, with a big assist from student/athlete volunteers from the Montana Tech football program. Competition was fiercest in the boys’ 8-9 age group with 24 youngsters aiming for first place. Seven-year-old Talen Thatcher, 9-year-old Kamber Leary, 11-year-old Mya Stenson, and 12-year-olds Kooper Klobucar and Tatum McNamara are all former age group winners at the event.
The first-place winners will represent Butte in the Western Montana Sectional competition, which will be conducted Oct. 11 in Missoula. Winners of that competition are eligible for the NFL Team Championship in Seattle, and ultimately, for the Punt, Pass & Kick National Championship in January.