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Punt, pass and kick contest is Sept. 13 at Sweetwater

The annual Punt, Pass and Kick Contest for participants ages 8-15, will be held at Sweetwater Park near Thomson on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m.

Monte Ashcraft, who serves as athletic coordinator for the Thomson-McDuffie Recreation and Leisure Services, said he's hoping for a bigger turnout of participants than in previous years.

"We'd like to see a lot of participants come out for this event," Ashcraft said. "It's a lot of fun for those who compete."

All participants are broken down into age divisions and the event is open to girls, too, he added. Participants can register between now and the day of the event at Sweetwater Park. If registering on the day of the event, participants are reminded to bring their birth certificates to prove their age.

The Punt, Pass and Kick Contest is sponsored nationally by the National Football League (NFL) and Pepsi Cola Bottling Company.

Another Punt, Pass and Kick Contest is set for Sept. 8-11 at R.L. Norris Elementary School in Thomson, beginning at 8:30 a.m. each of those days, Ashcraft said.

"We always try and hold an event like this at the school to encourage more kids to come out and participate," he added.

Sweetwater Park will play host as one of the Sectional Championship sites this year of the Punt, Pass and Kick Contest, according to Ashcraft. The sectional event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4. beginning at 10 a.m.

"This is a good, all-around event and we look forward to being a part of all of it again this year," Ashcraft said.

Anyone desiring additional information should contact the Thomson-McDuffie Recreation and Leisure Services at 706-595-2152.

Web posted on Thursday, August 21, 2008

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