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Youth Football

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.

Equipment Grant

The Carolina Panthers and Academy Sports Outdoors are offering $5,000 in equipment grants that will provide new football equipment for youth football programs in the Carolinas. Click here to apply. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 4, 2018.

Highlight Heroes

The Carolina Panthers and Academy Sports + Outdoors create a video highlight package featuring the best youth football highlights from around the Carolinas. Highlights are played during each Panthers home game on Bank of America Stadium’s PantherVision screens. In addition, featured youth players are provided a congratulatory letter from a Panthers player and tickets to attend the Panthers game showcasing their in-stadium highlight. Youth players experience the thrill of seeing their “big plays” viewed by 70,000 plus fans.

Play Football Month

The NFL, USA Football and NFLPA recognize August as “Play Football Month” as America gets back to football. USA Football is the Official Youth Football Development Partner of the NFL, its 32 teams, and the NFL Players Association. This partnership allows the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFLPA to focus on fan development while utilizing USA Football’s expertise in developing youth football players and coaches. USA Football and its mission of youth and amateur football development are emphasized across the NFL every August through youth football scrimmages in NFL venues, USA Football messages during network telecasts, stadium video board promotions and NFL team web sites.

Youth Football Photo Day

Youth Football Photo Day provides a free, fun and unique opportunity for area youth football teams to have their team photos taken professionally on the Bank of America Stadium field. Team photos and individual photos are taken with the team name and colors displayed on the stadium’s ribbon board. An exclusive tour of the stadium is also a part of this fun day. The Panthers and Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat provides each player and coach with a free digital photo album.

Youth Football Summit

Youth football administrators convene at Bank of America Stadium to discuss the state of youth football in North and South Carolina. The Summit focuses on the success achieved by various programs and challenges administrators in the sport are facing. The agenda emphasizes creating discussion among the football administrators to help them work together to find effective ways to grow and support safe, successful programs in the Carolinas. Additionally attendees learn about various resources, tools and partnerships that can help them enhance their program.

Youth Football Travel Grant

Through the Carolina Panthers Charities (CPC) Travel Fund for National youth Football Championship Games, North and South Carolina teams from Pop Warner Little Scholars, United Youth Football League and American Youth Football may apply to CPC for a donation of up to $2,500. The donation helps offset travel costs associated with the teams that qualify and make it to the national championship tournament for their respected league.

USA Football Parent's Safety Clinics

The Carolina Panthers work in conjunction with USA football, the national governing body of the sport and the NFL’s youth football development partner to host safety clinics for parents and educate them regarding Heads Up Football basics. Created and administrated by USA Football, Heads Up Football established important standards in coaching education, concussion recognition and response, heat preparedness and hydration, equipment fitting and proper tackling fundamentals. This program is designed to further the game’s development, inspire participation and ensure a better, safer experience for players at the youth and high school level.

Clinics have been hosted at Bank of America Stadium and North Carolina State University. The Panthers hope to expand this list to make the program more accessible for parents across the Carolinas.

Challenger Flag Football League

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.

Little Panthers TV Game of the Month

The Little Panthers TV Game of the Month is a Emmy-nominated seasonal television series that gives youth football teams and cheer squads the thrill of playing in a televised game complete with play-by-play, instant replay, sideline interviews and more. The NFL Foundation, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg TV, City of Spartanburg, Wofford College and University of North Carolina-Charlotte Television are team partners for this benchmark program.

Youth Football Coach of the Week

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.