Punt, Pass & Kick providing fun and exercise for kids
For 27 kids, the dream of a lifetime started on Wednesday afternoon at Sullivan Field.
The Fairfield kids started their quest to reach the NFL playoffs at the Punt, Pass & Kick district championships on Wednesday. The qualifiers will advance to the sectional finals on Oct. 2 at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
The champions of that will go to Giants Stadium at some point in November for the regional championships. The New York region pulls kids from Southern Connecticut, northern New Jersey and New York and the Hudson Valley in New York.
Victor D'Ascenzo is a 15-year-old Fairfield Ludlowe High School sophomore that qualified for the trip to Giants Stadium a year ago through Punt, Pass & Kick.
"It was an amazing setting," he said. "I had a good time."
Fairfield police officer Scott Sudora has been running the program in town for years and is pleased with the progress and message that it sends.
"We're trying to get kids off of the couch," Sudora said. "Video games are great, but you can play those when the weather is bad."
D'Ascenzo has competed in the event three times prior to 2010 with 2009 being his best showing. He was happy with his results in 2010 which included a kick of 108 feet.
"I was pleased," D'Ascenzo said. "It's always good to compete."
Sudora was also pleased with the fact that he had six of the 27 competitors were girls.
"A lot of them get into it because they're soccer players," he said of the girls. "They're already used to kicking."
Sudora loves being involved and is happy that the PAL can be involved as well.
"Anything that gets involved in football and kids is great," he said.
For D'Ascenzo, the allure of going back to the new Giants Stadium is enough to keep him motivated.
"It would be awesome," he said.