Satterfield eager for trip to Denver for Punt, Pass & Kick
Whenever and whatever her brother was playing, Aspen Satterfield wanted to play, too.
It wouldn’t matter if it was kicking a soccer ball, throwing the football or playing baseball.
When she went with her family last year to watch her brother, Trey, participate in the Grand Junction NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition, she wanted to participate.
The local organizers said Aspen, then 6 years old, could compete in the 7-under division. She won the girls age group and advanced to sectionals. She took second.
“She was very upset, because she’s very competitive,” her mother Jamie Satterfield said. “She was in the same age group this year and she made sure she was there.”
This year, Aspen won the local and sectional competition to advance to the team championship today in Denver.
“It’s funny, when we were at sectionals, Trey had three of his buddies with him,” Jamie said. “I have all these pictures of them with her warming her up and telling her how to do it. She has all this support because she’s been supporting the boys so much.”
Aspen is one of four girls participating in the 7-under regionals. One girl is from Utah, one from Wyoming and two from Colorado.
“You have to keep practicing and practicing and practicing,” Aspen said of making it to the team championship. “Me and my brother, we come out to parks and keep practicing.”
The team competition is this morning at the Denver Broncos’ training facility and the young athletes received tickets to today’s Broncos game, where they will be recognized at halftime with their families.
The Broncos’ team champions from each age division are compared to the results from other team champions throughout the nation. Each NFL city has a team championship competition.
The top four team champions nationally in each of five age divisions (boys and girls) advance to the Punt Pass & Kick national finals. They compete in January at an NFL playoff game.
“We’re pretty excited for her,” Jamie said. “I don’t think she knows the magnitude of it. We tell her and she’s, ‘Oh, OK.’ How many people do you know get to be on the field at Mile High?”
Each participate gets one throw, one punt and one kick in the competition, but Aspen is ready.
“The ball has to go straight,” Aspen said. “It’s a tape measure and you’re trying to get it straight and the farthest.”