Every wolf pack needs an alpha. That’s exactly what 9-year-old Coley Rezabek is on her 4th grade basketball team at Hurricane Deck Elementary. Her coach, Jason Dampier, made it clear that Coley is not only a leader, she also puts up the numbers, leading in most stat categories. When Coley breaks from shooting threes on her Camdenton, MO team, she enjoys punting, passing and kicking.
And that’s exactly what Coley did in San Diego, CA this weekend at the NFL National Punt, Pass and Kick (PPK) competition. Coley took home second place (nation-wide) in the 8-9-year-old punting age bracket with a personal best of 197 ft. She missed 1st place by just a few feet. Coley and her fellow NFL PPK champs received national attention during the Chargers vs. Jets halftime show and were recognized as the top participants out of more than 3.5 million entries!
32 kids ages 8-15, from across the nation won local and regional PPK events in order to win a trip to San Diego. Coley’s first round of activity began back in July 2009. She won two competitions in Iowa before the regional final at the Metrodome in Minnesota.
In the final round of competition at the Metrodome, Coley finished first in her group, but NFL PPK only takes the top four high scorers from across the nation and her kick was 4-feet short. Two weeks after the competition, the phone rang and Coley earned a spot, as one of the top four contestants had to forfeit, sending a wave of pride throughout her community.
Coley was accompanied to San Diego by her dad Trent while her mom Stacey and sister arrived just before the event. To say the least, Coley has become a bit of a celebrity in her hometown. Coach Dampier, her teammates and the entire town are so proud of her accomplishment. The Weplay community certainly is too.
The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick program is one of the worlds largest youth sports participation programs in the nation. Coley’s 2nd place finish is just outstanding. We are so thrilled for Coley and look forward to watching her grow as an athlete in the years to come. Here’s a Weplay Shout Out to you Coley!