From Staff Reports

Following in the footsteps of a number of present and former college and professional football players, several youngsters from Prosper schools may get a shot at glory in the National Football League’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition, according to Will Mitchell, Manager of Parks and Recreation.

"This is our inaugural entry into the competition, and we’re extremely grateful to the Prosper ISD administration and the leadership at the various schools for assisting with the competition. I know the kids had an incredible time. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we have our first-ever Prosper youth advance to AT&T Stadium to participate in Cowboy game day festivities," he said.

The sectional competition was held on Oct. 28 at Reynolds Middle School and attracted youngsters from the four elementary schools within the Prosper district. These youngsters qualified for the sectional competition by scoring highest at their respective schools in punting, passing and kicking an age-appropriate sized football.

The top four winners from all sectional competitions in the Dallas Cowboy market will advance to a regional competition at Cowboy Stadium on Dec. 16, when the Cowboys play the Green Bay Packers, and perform an exhibition at half-time while each child gets acknowledged. From there, winners in their age categories will have the opportunity to advance to the national finals to be held during one of this NFL season’s playoff games.

Winners were determined by the distance and accuracy of balls punted, passed and kicked. There is no charge to participate in the competition, which is held in communities throughout the nation where a football franchise exists.

Winners at the Prosper ISD sectionals included Emerson Harrigton of Folsom Elementary In the age 6-7 female group; Vincent Liberatore of Baker Elementary in the age 6-7 male group; Shaelyn Pruiett of Rucker Elementary in the age 8-9 female group; Harrison Rosar of Folsom Elementary in the age 8-9 male group; Haley Harrington of Cockrell Elementary in the age 10-11 female group; and Jacob Devenney of Cockrell Elementary in the age 10-11 male group.

"This competition is a memory of a lifetime for the kids. They get to be a superstar for a day as they rub shoulders with the Cowboy cheerleaders and NFL athletes. The excitement is well worth the effort they put in to do well in the competition. We hope to make this an annual event here in Prosper," he said.