Panthers, USA Football award equipment grants

The Carolina Panthers and USA Football recently awarded football equipment and uniform grants to youth and high school football programs throughout North Carolina and South Carolina based on merit and need.

Grants are valued up to $1,500 for youth organizations and $2,500 for high school programs, offering new equipment, uniforms, equipment reconditioning and flag football equipment to provide young athletes greater access as well as the fun and fitness benefits of the sport. Grants are fulfilled by USA Football and its equipment and uniform partner Riddell.

Columbia Elite Youth FootballLexington, S.C.
Davidson County Pop Warner FootballThomasville, N.C.
East Montgomery High SchoolBiscoe, N.C.
Greensboro SeahawksGreensboro, N.C.
Landrum Youth AssociationCampobello, S.C.
Mooresville Youth AthleticsMooresville, N.C.
Northeast Guilford High SchoolMcLeansville, N.C.
Packers Youth Football and CheerColumbia, S.C.
Raider Booster ClubRock Hill, S.C.
South Charlotte Recreation AssociationCharlotte, N.C.
South Rowan High SchoolChina Grove, N.C.
Steele Creek Athletic AssociationCharlotte, N.C.
The Salvation ArmySpartanburg, S.C.
Tri County PanthersDurham, N.C.

USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the Panthers, the NFL and each of the league's other 31 teams, partners with the Panthers and all NFL clubs to annually distribute more than $2 million in equipment and uniform grants to youth and high school football programs across the United States. The program has awarded more than $8 million in football equipment since 2006. USA Football equipment and uniform grants are made possible through support from the NFL Foundation.

"We are pleased to work with USA Football and our teams to donate much-needed equipment to youth football leagues and high school football programs nationwide," said Alexia Gallagher, director of the NFL Foundation. "These equipment grants will help ensure that youngsters who share our love of the game are able to play it safely."

USA Football executive director Scott Hallenbeck said, "The health and safety of every young football player is our No. 1 priority. Having proper equipment is an important step toward that goal. Even with fundraising and strict attention to budgets, many leagues and school districts need help to properly outfit their young athletes who love to play football and enjoy the fun and fitness that comes with it. We are proud to lead this important program with support from the NFL Foundation and Riddell."

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