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SAN DIEGO – The chance to watch and learn from local college coaches brought nearly 500 kids out Saturday morning to the Kaiser Permanente Youth Football Clinic on the rugby fields outside Qualcomm Stadium.

The free clinic, a San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl production, was designed to promote and introduce college football to kids of all ages. Boys and girls ages 5-14 participated in offense, defense/agility and tackling/blocking drills run by local university coaches from San Diego State, USD and Grossmont, Southwestern and Mesa Colleges.

Former NFL player Thomas Williams entertained an attentive crowd of kids with his motivational message. Thomas, who played in four Rose Bowls as a linebacker at Southern California and went on to play five years in the NFL, was an engaging speaker for the young kids as he talked about performing on the field and in the classroom. Jersey Mike's provided a free lunch following the instructional portion of the morning.

In addition, the clinic served as an official regional qualifier for the NFL's national Punt, Pass and Kick Contest. This competition allowed youngsters to showcase their talents in punting, passing and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy. The top finishers from each age group advance to a sectional competition at a date and time to be determined. Here is a look at the July 26 San Diego winners:

Age 6-7
M: Jackson Maggioire
F: Gracie Gonzalez

Age 8-9
M: Mikuto Parker
F: Sara Davis

Age 10-11
M: Trey White
F: Dalayshia Jones

Age 12-13
M: Julian Murillo

Age 14-15
M: Sebastian Uribe
F: Carla Guillard

A number of NFL players have completed in NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, including top former and current NFL quarterbacks such as Dan Marino and Brett Favre.

This event is made possible by several bowl corporate partners including Kaiser Permanente, San Diego County Credit Union, KYXY 96.5 Radio, Cox Communications, the San Diego Chargers, San Diego Family Magazine, the Navy Dispatch and Jersey Mike's. It serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to generate tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diego and its citizens by producing the nation's most exciting college football bowl game and festival of events.

The 2014 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m. PT at Qualcomm Stadium.

About NFL Punt, Pass & Kick
The National NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition is administered by USA Football. This local Punt, Pass & Kick (local PP&K) competition is officially licensed by NFL Properties LLC, but none of the National Football League (NFL), its member clubs, NFL Ventures, L.P. or any of their respective affiliates or subsidiaries are sponsoring or operating the Local PP&K or will have any liability or responsibility for any claims arising in connection with participation in the Local PP&K. All NFL-related logos and marks, including, without limitation, the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick logo, are trademarks of the NFL or the respective member club. Further information can be found at www.NFLPPK.com.
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