The Carolina Panthers are recognized as an NFL leader in youth health and fitness programs. The team offers a variety of programs designed to help children establish positive health and fitness habits to curb the rise in childhood obesity. The Panthers are avid supporters of the NFL's PLAY 60 initiative, which encourages children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Get more information on PLAY 60, the NFL movement for an active generation.
The Carolina Panthers PLAY 60 Camp, presented by Under Armour, Academy Sports + Outdoors and Gatorade, brings the experience of an NFL training camp to schools, recreation centers and day camps across North and South Carolina. The free program is designed to inspire children to be physically active through fun, high-energy activity stations. Download a Carolina Panthers PLAY 60 Camp application to request to host a camp. Camp dates are first-come, first served and based on availability.
Be the star of the playground with your very own Carolina Panthers PLAY 60 nickname. Simply type your first and last name on the next screen, and the PLAY 60 Nickname Machine will reveal your PLAY 60 alias. Show the world you are a healthy and active superstar. Get your PLAY 60 nickname.
Help the Carolina Panthers and NFL celebrate the return of football at the beginning of each season, and your school can win a visit from the team and $10,000 in grant funding. Students and schools are encouraged to demonstrate their team spirit and enthusiasm for the upcoming season by planning a unique Back to Football event at their school - all to support youth health and wellness. Check www.nflrush.com/backtofootball in early August for more information.
The Carolina Panthers team up with the American Heart Association each spring for the PLAY 60 Challenge, a six-week contest that encourages students to lead healthy, active lifestyles. Participating schools are chosen on a regional basis with the American Heart Association. Join the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge to learn how to get your students moving for 60 minutes every day.
In partnership with the Southeast Dairy Association, the Carolina Panthers host a variety of school-based contests to empower youth to choose more nutritious foods and commit to 60 minutes of physical exercise every day through the national Fuel Up to PLAY 60 program. Winning schools receive grant funding from the Southeast Dairy Association and a visit from the Carolina Panthers.
Go to the Southeast Dairy Association website for more contest information.
Located at Romare Bearden Park in Third Ward between Church Street and Mint Street on game days, the Fuel Up to Play 60 Kids Combine - presented by the Southeast Dairy Association - is a free, interactive area that promotes youth fitness through a variety of football skills and drills for children and their families. Activities include the 40-yard dash, obstacle course, wide receiver/quarterback challenge, and other fun activities designed to get kids moving. The Fuel Up to Play 60 Kids Combine opens two-and-a-half hours prior to game time and closes 30 minutes before kickoff.
The Play 60 KidZone is a one-of-a-kind play space for kids and families. Constructed on a synthetic grass surface, the Play 60 KidZone features an obstacle course, 40-yard dash with an automated timing device, climbing structure, photo booth, pep talk station with messages from Panthers players and other great elements designed to get kids active and moving. The Play 60 KidZone is located at Freedom Park in Charlotte.
The NFL PLAY 60 app allows kids to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day through an interactive running experience that can be played on a smart phone or tablet. Players are immersed in an adventure where they are required to run, jump, pivot and turn in place in order for their character to do the same. Players choose an avatar and run through the virtual world where they encounter obstacles, which they avoid by physically moving their bodies. Smartphones and tablets measure this movement, and scoring is determined by duration of play and successful navigation of obstacles. Users collect digital coins as rewards that can be redeemed for digital swag in the form of outfits for the avatars, allowing them to dress their avatar in their favorite NFL team's clothing. Download the app.
The NFL PLAY 60 Bus Contest offers school administrators, teachers, PTO/PTA leaders and after-school/community center program directors the chance to win a great prize package for their school or center. To enter, participants share the biggest challenge facing their school or center's health and wellness efforts and how the NFL and NFL PLAY 60 Bus can make their community a better place for kids to get active and healthy. Contest registration information can be found at www.nflrush.com/bus.
Young Panthers fans have the unique opportunity to win a trip to the Super Bowl AND be on the field to help kick off the game! Visit www.nflrush.com/superkid to find out how to enter the NFL PLAY 60 Super Bowl Super Kid Contest.
The NFL Hometown Huddle is a league-wide day of service and play each fall on which the Panthers work with the United Way of Central Carolinas to make a special school visit promoting the PLAY 60 message and importance of community service. The second-place finisher in the Super School contest receives the Hometown Huddle visit.
Punt, Pass & Kick is a free, national skills program for boys and girls, ages 8 to 15, to compete against their peers in punting, passing and placekicking.
NFL FLAG is the NFL's official youth league for boys and girls, ages 5-17, where everyone gets to play and good sportsmanship and teamwork are emphasized.