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Youth Football Equipment Grant

The Carolina Panthers and Academy Sports + Outdoors are committed to the on-going support of youth football in the Carolinas. As part of this effort, the team and Academy Sports + Outdoors are pleased to offer $5,000 in football equipment grants to benefit youth football programs in North and South Carolina for the 2018 season.

The Carolina Panthers and Academy Sports + Outdoors will award two (2) Equipment Grants, each with a retail value of approximately $2,500.

The program is designed to provide new football equipment for enhanced player safety, as well as provide youth football programs the ability to increase football participation opportunities for youth players.

Youth football programs applying for this grant must be a USA Football Heads Up Football (HUF) certified program or have signed up and committed to implementing HUF for the 2018 season. HUF participation will be verified by USA Football.

Each applicant team will also be eligible to receive:

  • A donation of Carolina Panthers preseason game tickets in partnership with the NFL’s Play Football initiative (a limited number of tickets are available). Tickets will be awarded to select teams. 
  • Opportunity to apply to be recognized as a Carolina Panthers Youth Football Coach of the Week. 

Grant winners will be contacted by Academy Sports + Outdoors for fulfillment. Fill out the form below to apply. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 4, 2018.


The Carolina Panthers are proud to honor youth football coaches, tackle or flag, through the Carolina Panthers Youth Football Coach of the Week program. Youth football league administrators, parents and community members in North and South Carolina are encouraged to nominate youth football coaches in their area who make substantial impacts on the sport of youth football through their volunteer efforts. 

The Panthers will select ten (10) coaches during the course of the football season. Each winning coach will receive Panthers tickets, sideline passes, Panthers gift pack, a commemorative and personalized game ball while also being honored during a special on-field ceremony during a Carolina Panthers home game.

All youth football coaches in the Carolinas are eligible regardless of their team size, league or division. Coaches are evaluated based on their success on the field, but more importantly, off the field as well.  We look for coaches who are making a positive impact on their players and community.   Coaches, nor their immediate family members, may nominate themselves.

The Carolina Panthers would like to thank you for helping us recognize our region’s youth football coaches for the outstanding contributions they make to their teams, leagues and communities.

Enter this information in the bottom half of the form below.