Despite the rain on Saturday, the Fairbury Optimists saw a large turnout at the annual Punt, Pass and Kick competition.
Kids from all over the region traveled to Fairbury to participate in the competition that test football skills and accuracy with throwing the ball, punting it and kicking it from a tee. The event, which is sponsored by the NFL, is meant to help kids stay active while having fun.
Nels Sorensen, Jr., secretary/treasurer for the Fairbury Optimist Club, explained that this was a positive year for the event. He noted that this year there was an increase in the number of girls who participated in the competition.
“Despite the weather, we had a very good turnout,” said Sorensen. “We had more girls participating this year then past few years. Through the efforts of all of the hard-working volunteers we were able to get everyone through in about an hour and beat the rain.”
Sorensen explained that this is an important event for the club to host each year because of what it teaches kids.
“The purpose of the Optimists is to bring out the best in kids,” Sorensen said. “By providing a free sport activity, we promote health and wellness, as well as good-natured competition. It helps kids to learn about good sportsmanship.”