Punt, Pass, Kick and Toys for Tots: Sunday's all about the kids at Paul Brown Stadium

Posted at 8:15 AM, Dec 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-04 10:44:46-05

CINCINNATI -- From a competition to a toy collection, Sunday's all about the kids at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals (3-7-1) are hosting Punt, Pass, Kick for boys and girls between 6 and 15 years old. They'll compete in five separate divisions based on age, seeing who's best at -- as the name says -- punting, passing and placekicking on the field.

"It's real simple: The come out and they do one punt, one pass, one kick," said Paul  Ankenbauer, program planner for Boone County Parks. "They start out in local competitions from all over the area, Columbus, all the way down half of Kentucky, the eastern half, and some of Indiana. Hundreds of kids each year compete."

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The top scorer in each division is crowned team champion and becomes eligible for the National Championships, being held at the 2017 Pro Bowl game. The top four scorers in each age group from across the country qualify as national finalists.

The competition started at 9 a.m.

Punt, Pass, Kick began in 1961, making it the NFL's oldest youth program. NFL stars including Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Dan Marino competed in the program when they were kids.

Also Sunday, U.S. Marines will be outside all entrances to the stadium, collecting new, unwrapped toys and cash donations for the Toys for Tots program. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. prior to the 1 p.m. game against the Philadelphia Eagles (5-6).