Raymond Price III of East Palo Alto was one of 10 young athletes among a field of 40 national finalists from across the United States to finish first in the NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK National Finals this past Saturday in Renton, Wash.
Finalists competed separately in five age divisions at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. The top scorer in each group was crowned national champion.
Competitors launched two punts, two passes and two kicks with scores based on distance and accuracy (in feet). The best score from each activity was tabulated to determine the athlete's total. Price won his title in the 10-11 category with a cumulative distance of 324 feet, 3 inches. Second place was 302-8.
The 10 national champions were recognized for their achievement live during Fox Network's telecast of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers on Saturday. All 40 finalists were provided airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to Seahawks-Panthers game.
Youngsters advanced to the national finals through local, sectional and team championship competitions held throughout the NFL regular season. The top four scorers in each age group from across the country qualified as national finalists.
Established in 1961, the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick program is managed by USA Football, the sport's national governing body. It is one of the nation's largest grassroots sports skills competitions.
NFL stars -- including current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Dan Marion -- competed in the Punt, Pass & Kick program as youngsters.
The Menlo Park Legends will be hosting a series of clinics for youths beginning Jan. 18 at Burgess Little League field in Menlo Park.
The first clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will focus on building skills and confidence. A fee will be charged and includes a T-shirt.
On Jan. 19, the Legends will host a full-day clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Feb. 8, the local semipro team will host a free coaches clinic for all Little League managers, coaches and parents. There will be two hours of instruction on how to run a practice with specialized drills and techniques.
There also will be clinic on Feb. 16 and 17-20.
The camps/clinics feature a 5:1 ratio with members of the Legends providing the coaching. For more information, click here.