The Carolina Panthers are strong supporters of youth football in North and South Carolina and are committed to providing programs and resources which enable youth across the region opportunities to play and enjoy the sport of football at the grassroots level.
The Challenger Flag Football League gives children and young adults with disabilities the chance to participate in a flag football league and allows them to play football and cheer in a safe, structured and team environment. If you are interested in starting a Challenger Flag Football League in a city where there is a need, download the grant application. Regional programs are funded by Carolina Panthers Charities.
The Little Panthers Game of the Week is a seasonal television series that gives youth football teams and cheer squads the thrill of playing in a televised game complete with play-by-play, commentary, sideline interviews and more. The NFL Youth Football Fund, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department and University of North Carolina-Charlotte Television are team partners for this benchmark program.
Two youth football teams participate in a pregame exhibition during a Panthers game at Bank of America Stadium. The Sir Purr Bowl provides Pop Warner Jr. Pee Wee teams and cheerleading squads the once-in-a-lifetime experience of playing in an NFL stadium. Four teams from the Carolinas compete in the Ray Bowl at Memorial Stadium each year to determine who plays in the Sir Purr Bowl.
The Carolina Panthers Youth Coach of the Week program, modeled after the NFL's High School Coach of the Week program, recognizes youth coaches who, through their hard work and dedication, have made a difference in the lives of their players and impacted youth football through their volunteer efforts. Nominate a youth football coach.
The Panthers hold a press conference at Bank of America Stadium each season for the region's youth teams that participate in the Pop Warner and American Youth Football National Championships.
The Youth Football Wall of Champions is a permanent display that features framed jerseys of the most recent Youth Football National Champions from North and South Carolina and is located inside Bank of America Stadium's South Gate.