One Woodward girl will get an opportunity to use her athletic ability to shine on a national stage this weekend.

Kirstyn Hines of Woodward will compete in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick national finals this Saturday in Seattle during the weekend of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game.

As one of just 40 young athletes across the United States to compete, Hines will represent the Dallas Cowboys in the Girls 12-13 division.

"She has wanted to play football since she was five years old," said her mother, Larissa. "Since she hasn't been able to play football, this has kind of been her way into the game in a different direction."

The Woodward Middle School 8th grader has been interested in football ever since watching her older brother, Garrett, participate in the competitions. Garrett, who is a senior at Woodward High School, was a starting lineman and kicker on the Boomer football team.

"My brother did it when I was younger and after I started watching him, that made me want to do it," Hines said.

In addition to the Punt, Pass & Kick competitions, Hines also plays softball, soccer, and basketball.

Hines advanced to the national finals after winning first place at local, sectional, and team divisions that took place in Woodward, Oklahoma City, and Dallas.

"She got first place out of the 32 that competed in Dallas and now is part of the top four that will be competing at the national level," Kirstyn's mother explained.

For those wondering if Hines will try to kick or punt for the high school football team, she has put that idea to rest.

"Probably not, because I will most likely play softball instead."

The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick is celebrating its 53rd anniversary and is one of the nation's largest grassroots sports skills competitions.

Hines and the other 39 finalists from five age groups will compete separately at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. All participants will get to launch two punts, two passes, and two kicks with scores based on distance and accuracy (in feet).

All participants and their guests receive airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers.

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