CHARLOTTE - In celebration of National Girls & Women in Sports Day, the Carolina Panthers, in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Athletics, on Tuesday announced the launch of a pilot Girls High School Flag Football League beginning play in 2022.
The intramural/club-level program is designed to provide high school girls with increased access and opportunities to participate in the fast-growing sport of girls' high school flag football, which has been sanctioned as a varsity sport in six states across the country.
The Carolina Panthers are providing $50,000 in program funding, school resources and custom Nike school uniforms to support the success of the program.
Student-athletes from 20 high schools around the region came to Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday for a special announcement and kickoff event.
"The Carolina Panthers are thrilled to partner with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Athletics in the creation of a pilot Girls High School Flag Football League, which will provide increased participation opportunities and access to the sport of football for high school girls. Our hope is this league will lead to increased participation by high schools across our region," said Panthers director of community relations Riley Fields. "We are especially pleased to be able to announce the program launch as we celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day."
The Panthers held a special event for National Girls and Women's Sports Day, announcing the launch of a new Girls High School Flag Football league and empowering young women with a special photo shoot in their uniforms.