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Panthers award hurricane relief grants

Carolina Panthers Charities have awarded $250,000 in Hurricane Matthew disaster relief grants to 23 high schools in North and South Carolina. The grants are designed to assist athletic programs in the replacement or repair of equipment, supplies or athletic infrastructure lost or damaged as a result of the catastrophic flooding and wind damage that impacted large portions of both states in October.

In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, Carolina Panthers Charities gave the region's high school athletic programs the opportunity to apply for grant funding to assist in their recovery efforts. The high schools were approved through a rolling application process, which awarded grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 based on greatest need.

Aynor High School Aynor, S.C.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School Bamberg, S.C.
Clinton High School Clinton, N.C.
C.E. Murray High School Greeleyville, S.C.
Conway High School Conway, S.C.
Darlington High School Darlington, S.C.
First Baptist School Charleston, S.C.
Green Sea Floyds High School Green Sea, S.C.
Hemingway High School Hemingway, S.C.
Hilton Head High School Hilton Head, S.C.
Johnsonville High School Johnsonville, S.C.
Kingstree High School Kingstree, S.C.
Latta High School Latta, S.C.
Loris High School Loris, S.C.
Lumberton High School Lumberton, N.C.
Military Magnet Academy North Charleston, S.C.
Myrtle Beach High School Myrtle Beach, S.C.
North Myrtle Beach High School Little River, S.C.
Ocracoke High School Ocracoke, N.C.
Sumter High School Sumter, S.C.
St. James High School Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Topsail High School Hampstead, N.C.
Wallace Rose High School Teachey, N.C.

"Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath was catastrophic for many communities across the region with many high schools sustaining loss or damage to athletic equipment or facilities," said Riley Fields, Carolina Panthers director of community relations. "The Carolina Panthers hope this grant funding will enable schools and the communities they serve to return to a sense of normalcy by helping fund critical repairs and equipment and infrastructure replacement for high school athletic programs."

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