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Why not Chance?

Goldendale seven year old to compete in Seattle training facility, hang with NFL stars on field



Seven-year-old Chance Norman poses with his Punt, Pass & Kick medal.

"Why not us" has been Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's mantra since entering the league as a third-round pick in 2012.

After a pair of prime performances during Punt, Pass & Kick competitions in Goldendale and Toppenish, the saying "Why not Chance" was more accurate for Goldendale's seven-year-old Chance Norman.

Norman will get the opportunity of a lifetime this weekend as one of the few who qualified for the 2016 NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Seattle Seahawks Team Championship. His performances at the PP&K competitions in Goldendale and Toppenish propelled him to the team championships, where he'll face the top sectional finishers from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Western Montana and Washington.

"It's an awesome opportunity for any child to do," Chance's mother, Laurie Lyon said. "I can't speak highly enough of the organization of Punt, Pass & Kick."

His weekend starts with the PP&K competition at the Virginia Mason Athletic Complex, where the Seahawks train, in Renton on Saturday. On Sunday, Chance and one guest will have an opportunity to walk the field while the players warm up before the Seahawks host the Philadelphia Eagles at 1:25 p.m. at Century Link Field.

Chance admitted he was a little nervous for the competition on Saturday, but also excited.

Three guests, his mom, dad and brother Cannon, all will watch Chance compete on Saturday at the VMAC. Each participant receives a Seahawks PP&K jersey they will wear throughout the weekend.

After the competitions on Saturday, Sunday begins with an awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Century Link Field, and later, the participants and one guest get to roam the field from 11:15-11:45 a.m. Chance and his mother will be looking for one person in particular.

"He's a huge Russell Wilson fan," Chance's mother, Laurie Lyon said, "and so his first question was 'Mom, do I get to meet Russell Wilson?'"

The second grade student in Mrs. Kayser's class at Goldendale Primary School earned a trip to the Emerald City after finishing first place in the Pee Wee Division (ages 6-7) at the PP&K competition in Goldendale on Sept. 15 and winning the sectional competition on Oct. 30 in Toppenish. He totaled 101 combined feet from the three phases of the competition in Toppenish with a 45-foot kick, 33-foot punt and a 33-foot pass.

"It's awesome to see him excel, especially at something he enjoys so much," Lyon said.

Chance was one year too young to compete on Goldendale's youth football team this season, but is fired up to begin his gridiron career next year. He said he wants to line up wide and catch passes, but also isn't afraid to go "Beast Mode" and run the football.

The Goldendale Jaycees also pitched in to help fund the Chance's trip to Seattle.


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