Regardless, Vines said his chief concern, when he heard the news, was that he would be letting local kids down. He said not only are punt, pass and kick competitions a great way that young kids can discover and develop a love for football, but AmVets’ free program included kids in the community from all different backgrounds and allowed them to get involved in a wholesome activity.
“One thing we do in the community is make sure we have as many youth programs available because we have such a large population of under-priviledged kids,” he said. “Not everyone can afford to go buy football gear and join an Optimist [Club] team. It excludes a lot of kids. So we try to bring in as many free programs as we can. The important thing is to do something to get them off the darn street. That’s all we’ve ever been concerned about.”
As for next year, Vines said he has not formulated a concrete plan. He said he would probably determine what the exact cost of the proper insurance coverage would be ahead of time and then begin a fundraising and donations campaign.
Vines said he will do what he can to ensure Mineral Wells does not go another year without its own punt, pass and kick contest for local youth.
To register for this year’s NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition in Glen Rose, visit nflppk.com and sign up under the Glen Rose, Texas, site. Families can register online, download the registration form and mail it in or register on site this Saturday, no later than 5:30 p.m. The competition begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call 254-396-9187.