Panthers celebrate youth health and wellness

CHARLOTTE – The Carolina Panthers and United Way of Central Carolinas teamed up on Tuesday to celebrate youth health and wellness by awarding three local schools with NFL Hometown Huddle grants for their health and fitness programs.

Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School (Charlotte, N.C.), Rocky River Elementary School (Concord, N.C.) and South Mecklenburg High School (Charlotte, N.C.) each received a $5,000 grant to use toward its health and fitness-related school initiatives as well as a visit from the Carolina Panthers and United Way.

"The Carolina Panthers and United Way of Central Carolinas are pleased to provide new and important resources to deserving schools to benefit their physical education and student health and wellness programs," said Riley Field, the Carolina Panthers director of community relations. "The Hometown Huddle grant funding will provide both new and better physical activity opportunities for students in our community as the team and United Way continue the partnership to curb childhood obesity."

Huntingtowne Farms will use the funding to help build a quarter mile outdoor fitness trail with eight activity stations and 15 physical activity options for students. Rocky River will upgrade its fitness equipment and replace worn out physical education equipment with the grant. South Mecklenburg will use the grant to support its "Fitness First" project, designed to improve the healthy habits of students.

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