ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – About 100 boys and girls between the ages of 6 to 15 participated in the punt, pass and kick competition in Albuquerque on Sunday morning.
“This is my first time competing and I wanted to try it very bad,” said 6-year-old Caden Miller.
That’s because football runs deep in Caden’s family. His dad played at the University of North Texas and his grandpa played in the NFL.
“It’s kind of like a family tradition,” said Caden’s dad Ben Miller. “Everyday he comes home from school, he’s out in the backyard helmet and shoulder pads on running, kicking, so he loves the game of football.”
Hailey Arviso, 14, also loves football.
“It means a lot of things. It also shows that if you are a girl you can also do guy sports,” said Arviso.
For the last three years Hailey, who plays basketball and soccer competitively, has been ranked in the top ten nationally in the punt, pass and kick competition.
“It makes the guys think, oh, wow she’s a girl, she’s coming out here and she’s doing really good and she’s motivated and knows she’s no different than anybody else,” said Arviso.
“Back in the day, we would hear the odd story about this girl kicking for a high school football team. Now a days it’s a lot more common,” said City of Albuquerque Parks and Rec Program Supervisor Tom Vincent.
The top finishers from Sunday’s competition will move onto a regional round.
Those who qualify for nationals will get to compete at an NFL game next year.