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Leesburg Boy, Nick Bart, Shines at Regional Punt, Pass & Kick Competition
Leesburg Boy, Nick Bart, Shines at Regional Punt, Pass & Kick Competition

From the Town of Leesburg – Nicholas Barts, a nine-year-old from Leesburg, recently placed second in the Washington Redskins Team Championship Punt, Pass & Kick competition.  

The NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick (PPK) program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 to compete individually against their peers.  Competitors begin at a local school or community event.  The top finisher from each local competition advances to the Sectional level.  At the Sectional level, only the top four finishers from the entire pool of Sectional competitions for each Team Championship advance to the Team Championship level. Every NFL team hosts a Team Championship competition, with the top four finishers from all Team Championships across the country moving onto the National Finals.  

The son of Bobby and Beth Barts, Nick began playing football with the Town of Leesburg Parks & Recreation Department’s flag football program as a 6-year old, and has participated in the program for four years.  In September of this year, Nick placed first in his age group at the Local PPK Competition at Sycolin Creek Elementary School.  In October, he won the Sectional competition at Patawomeck Park in Stafford, Virginia, which qualified him to move forward to the Team Championship level. 

The Washington Redskins Team Championship PPK was held during halftime of the Washington-Tampa Bay game at FedEx Field on December 12, 2010. Nick took second place with a combined score of 207.11.  His punt was 54 feet, his place kick was 69.5 feet and his pass was 84.6 feet. 

“It was great to go as far as I did this year,” said Nick, whose favorite NFL player is Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.  “It was exciting and I’m looking forward to doing it again next year.”

“It’s wonderful to see Nick succeed at this level of competition,” commented Kevin Roudabush, supervisor of Leesburg Parks & Recreation’s Sports Programs.  “Nick has been a regular participant in our flag football program and our summer football camps.  I think his success is a true testament to the positive effect the Town’s recreation and sports programs have on the youth in our community.”

Although Leesburg Parks & Recreation did not sponsor a local PPK competition this year, the department has sponsored local competitions in the past and staff actively encourages sports program participants to compete.