Panthers, USA Football award equipment grants

The Carolina Panthers and USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, have recently awarded football equipment grants to youth and high school football programs throughout the Carolinas based on merit and need.

USA Football partners with the Panthers and all NFL clubs to award equipment grants to youth and high school football programs across the United States. The program has awarded more than $3 million in football equipment through the NFL Youth Football Fund since 2006.

"The Carolina Panthers are excited to partner with USA Football and the NFL Youth Football Fund to positively impact youth and high school football programs in the Carolinas by providing equipment grants," said Peter Vacho, the Carolina Panthers youth football manager. "For these football programs, this equipment equals opportunity - an opportunity for more kids to play football safely and learn essential life skills such as sportsmanship, teamwork and determination."

Each selected youth league received a $1,000 package that offered a variety of football equipment and uniform options to choose from. High schools received similar packages valued at $1,500. All equipment grants are fulfilled by Riddell, the official helmet and protective equipment partner of USA Football.

"Our organization works with low income families and normally the kids are not able to participate in organized football," said Kenneth Crump of S.O.A.R., Inc. in Charlotte. "The equipment is always secondhand and is badly used and damaged. The football equipment would give them something to be excited about."

USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said, "Even with multiple fundraisers and strict budget adherence, many well-run youth and high school football programs need help to properly equip their teams. We are proud to be a partner in the Panthers' continued commitment to ensuring great football experiences for the kids, families and volunteers who power this sport in the Carolinas."

2010 NORTH & SOUTH CAROLINA EQUIPMENT GRANT RECIPIENTS
ORGANIZATIONCITY
Owen District Youth Football LeagueBlack Mountain, N.C.
Starmount High SchoolBoonville, N.C.
Branchville High SchoolBranchville, S.C.
Enka High SchoolCandler, N.C.
East Cowboys Youth Football TeamCandor, N.C.
Central Parks & RecreationCentral, S.C.
Charlotte Latin SchoolCharlotte, N.C.
Elon Browns Youth Football AssociationCharlotte, N.C.
Phillip O. Berry High SchoolCharlotte, N.C.
S.O.A.R., Inc.Charlotte, N.C.
East Lincoln Optimist ClubDenver, N.C.
SABGC Athletic LeagueDurham, N.C.
Boys & Girls Club of EdenEden, N.C.
Eden Parks & RecreationEden, N.C.
Westover High SchoolFayetteville, N.C.
Huskie Optimist Club of GastoniaGastonia, N.C.
Eastern Guilford High SchoolGibsonville, N.C.
Grimsley High SchoolGreensboro, N.C.
Carolina High SchoolGreenville, S.C.
North Pitt High SchoolGreenville, N.C.
Henderson PanthersHenderson, N.C.
Gray's Creek High SchoolHope Mills, N.C.
Hudson Optimist FootballHudson, N.C.
Lake Norman Charter SchoolHuntersville, N.C.
East Lincoln Middle SchoolIron Station, N.C.
Kernersville RaidersKernersville, N.C.
Western Harnett High SchoolLillington, N.C.
Coastal Carolina AYFLMorehead City, N.C.
Craven Bearcats Pop WarnerNew Bern, N.C.
Newberry Youth FootballNewberry, S.C.
South Stanly High SchoolNorwood, N.C.
Red Springs High SchoolRed Springs, N.C.
Reidsville Parks & RecreationReidsville, N.C.
South Pointe High SchoolRock Hill, S.C.
Nash Central High SchoolRocky Mount, N.C.
Pinecrest High SchoolSouthern Pines, N.C.
Wade Hampton High SchoolVarnville, S.C.
ARC of WilsonWilson, N.C.
Community Christian SchoolWilson, N.C.
Winston-Salem IndiansWinston-Salem, N.C.
York Comprehensive High SchoolYork, S.C.

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