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Jericho Students Excel in NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition

While Jericho may not be known as a football powerhouse, it is the home of two finalists in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition. In September, the Jericho Jayhawk Booster Association and the Jericho Youth Football League hosted a NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition. Julian Drew, Marissa Shapiro and Jake Zorfas, winners from the Jericho competition, went on to win their age groups in the sectional competition held in East Meadow during October. The scores posted at the sectional competition by Julian and Marissa qualified each of them to compete in an NFL team competition prior to an NFL game at Giant Stadium. Julian participated and placed third in the boys age 8- and 9-year-old competition held prior to the New York Jets game on Nov. 29. Marissa participated and placed third in the girls age 10- and 11-year-old competition held prior to the New York Giant game on Nov. 8.

It was a great experience for all those who came down to the competition. Congratulations to all of the boys and girls who participated.

The mission of the Jericho Jayhawk Booster Association is the promotion of school spirit and pride in Jericho’s athletic programs and facilities. Members want to ensure that the “Best Schools” label, bestowed on the Jericho school district, applies to athletics as well as its academics.

The Jericho Youth Football League is a community-based youth athletic organization that promotes learning, sportsmanship and fun. The league sponsors a fall non-contact flag football intramural program for boys and girls 7 - 13 years of age. A primary goal of the organization is for the young athletes to learn the game football and develop skills and self-confidence that translate into their other athletic endeavors as well as their academic and social lives.