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
ORGANIZATION CITY
Owen District Youth Football League Black Mountain, N.C.
Starmount High School Boonville, N.C.
Branchville High School Branchville, S.C.
Enka High School Candler, N.C.
East Cowboys Youth Football Team Candor, N.C.
Central Parks & Recreation Central, S.C.
Charlotte Latin School Charlotte, N.C.
Elon Browns Youth Football Association Charlotte, N.C.
Phillip O. Berry High School Charlotte, N.C.
S.O.A.R., Inc. Charlotte, N.C.
East Lincoln Optimist Club Denver, N.C.
SABGC Athletic League Durham, N.C.
Boys & Girls Club of Eden Eden, N.C.
Eden Parks & Recreation Eden, N.C.
Westover High School Fayetteville, N.C.
Huskie Optimist Club of Gastonia Gastonia, N.C.
Eastern Guilford High School Gibsonville, N.C.
Grimsley High School Greensboro, N.C.
Carolina High School Greenville, S.C.
North Pitt High School Greenville, N.C.
Henderson Panthers Henderson, N.C.
Gray's Creek High School Hope Mills, N.C.
Hudson Optimist Football Hudson, N.C.
Lake Norman Charter School Huntersville, N.C.
East Lincoln Middle School Iron Station, N.C.
Kernersville Raiders Kernersville, N.C.
Western Harnett High School Lillington, N.C.
Coastal Carolina AYFL Morehead City, N.C.
Craven Bearcats Pop Warner New Bern, N.C.
Newberry Youth Football Newberry, S.C.
South Stanly High School Norwood, N.C.
Red Springs High School Red Springs, N.C.
Reidsville Parks & Recreation Reidsville, N.C.
South Pointe High School Rock Hill, S.C.
Nash Central High School Rocky Mount, N.C.
Pinecrest High School Southern Pines, N.C.
Wade Hampton High School Varnville, S.C.
ARC of Wilson Wilson, N.C.
Community Christian School Wilson, N.C.
Winston-Salem Indians Winston-Salem, N.C.
York Comprehensive High School York, S.C.

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