The Carolina Panthers, North Carolina Recreation & Park Association, and South Carolina Recreation & Parks Association have teamed up to give children and young adults (ages 8-25) with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the Challenger Flag Football League. The league allows them to play football and cheer in a safe, structured and team environment.
The Panthers have enjoyed a successful Challenger Flag Football League partnership with Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation (Charlotte, N.C.), City of Durham (N.C.), Consolidated Football Federation (Raleigh, N.C.), City of Greenville (N.C.) and Richland County Recreation Commission (Columbia, S.C.) since the program's inception in 2006.
The Panthers provide funding and additional resources for the program. Players receive authentic Panthers NFL Flag Football jerseys, and spirit squad members receive authentic TopCats pom-poms. There is no registration fee for program participants.
If you are interested in starting a Challenger Flag Football League in a city where there is a need, download the grant application. Grants ranging from $2,000-$5,000 are available from Carolina Panthers Charities.