Panthers to host charity flag football tournament

THE WEEKEND WARRIOR FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT IS SOLD OUT, AND WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRATION FORMS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.

The Carolina Panthers will host the eighth annual Miller Lite Weekend Warrior Flag Football Tournament on April 2-3 at Bank of America Stadium and the team's practice fields. The two-day, non-contact tournament is for ages 21 and older and features four skill divisions: Weekend Warrior, Couch Potato, 35 and Over, and Matt & Ramona Co-Ed.

Registration fee is $300 per team, and tournament proceeds will benefit Youth Homes, Inc. and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Western North Carolina. Registration deadline is March 11 and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The tournament has sold out every year, so teams are encouraged to register early.

The tournament format is four-on-four with rosters comprised of a maximum of six players (four players plus two substitutes). All teams are guaranteed to play a minimum of three games during pool play on the first day of the tournament. Fifty percent of all teams will advance to Championship Day, which will be a single-elimination format.

Division champions will receive championship rings and will be recognized during a special on-field presentation at a Panthers preseason home game in 2011.

"The Carolina Panthers are thrilled to provide this fun and unique opportunity. Folks will enjoy a memorable NFL-style experience while raising critical funds to serve children in our community," said Riley Fields, the Carolina Panthers director of community relations.

The event is sponsored by Miller Lite, FOX Charlotte and 107.9 The Link.

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