Castle Pines second grader scores big at Mile High
Seven-year-old Calvin Stotler warming up before his first round of the Punt, Pass and Kick competition at David Lorenz Park on September 20.
American Academy second grader Calvin Stotler shows off his second place trophy in the PP&K, a customized football from the NFL.
By Kathy Fallert; photos courtesy of Ellen Stotler
Being an avid soccer, baseball, and basketball enthusiast didn’t stop Winter Berry resident Calvin Stotler from making the finals in the annual NFL Punt, Pass, & Kick (PP&K) competition last month. Seven-year-old Stotler placed second overall in the 6 to 7 year-old boy’s category and got to perform a demonstration at the Denver Broncos halftime show at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
The PP&K is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15. The PP&K offers kids the fun of learning football fundamentals and competing against their peers. Scores are based on the three categories of punting, passing and kicking in which participants must throw, punt and kick the football as far as possible and in as straight of a line as possible.
For Stotler, an American Academy (AA) second grader, the competition began on September 20 at David Lorenz Park in Centennial. Stotler performed well and advanced to the sectional competition at Clement Park in Littleton on October 19. Stotler rocked it again and was one of the four finalists.
The Broncos team finals included sectional winners from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Utah, Nebraska, and Montana. The final competition was held at Dove Valley Park in Centennial prior to the Broncos game on December 7. Stotler was awarded second place and was recognized along with the 39 other finalists at an exhibition halftime show at Mile High Stadium during the Broncos versus Bills game on December 7.
Stotler expressed what he liked about the PP&K as, “it challenges you to do your best in lots of different football skills. My favorite part was going out on the Broncos field and giving Miles [the Broncos mascot] a high five!”
To learn more about the NFL’s PP&K competition, visit www.nflppk.com.