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Church bringing Punt, Pass & Kick on Aug. 13

PAULDING – Emmanuel Baptist Church of Paulding will be hosting an NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 13.

This free football skills competition is open to all boys and girls, age 6-15, and is an officially sanctioned local community qualifier for the NFL’s nationwide Punt, Pass, and Kick Event.

At 11 a.m., nationally recognized motivational speaker Joel Penton, a Van Wert native and a member of the 2002 Ohio State University national championship football team, will be speaking to the participants and their families. The general public is also invited to hear Penton speak.

“We are extremely excited to host an NFL PP&K event here in Paulding,” said Drew Gardner, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church. “Scott Seigman approached me last year after our community outreach event at the Paulding Skate Park and suggested a football-themed event for our church’s community service event this year. When we looked on the NFL’s Web site, we noticed that there wasn’t a PP&K event within 30 plus miles of Paulding, so PP&K seemed to be a great fit.

“Our event should be one of the closest events for people from Bryan, to Defiance, to Van Wert, to Woodburn. We hope that people within that radius will make their way to Paulding to compete, and that this will become an annual event here in Paulding,” Gardner added.

For more information about the PP&K event, visit EBC’s Web site at, the NFL’s Web site at, or

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the NFL’s Punt, Pass, and Kick. In the competition, each participant is allowed one punt, one pass, and one place kick. Scores are based on both distance and accuracy. Winners of each age level advance to the Sectional competition, where they compete for a chance to become the Team Champion of an NFL football team. Participants in the Paulding competition could ultimately become the Cincinnati Bengals Team Champion, and advance to the National Finals. The competitions for the Team Champion and National Champion are held at halftime of NFL football games.