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Panthers assist area athletic programs – News – The Daily News

Two Onslow County high schools are among 17 to benefit from grants awarded by the Carolina Panthers to help high school athletic programs recover from Hurricane Florence.

Carolina Panthers Charities and Bank of America announced Dec. 18 a total of $250,000 in disaster relief grants.

The region’s high school athletic programs had the opportunity to apply for grant funding up to $20,000 to assist in their storm recovery efforts. The grants are to assist in the replacement or repair of equipment, supplies or athletic infrastructure lost or damaged during the storm.

“Hurricane Florence and its aftermath was catastrophic for communities across the region with many high schools sustaining loss or damage to athletic equipment or facilities,” Riley Fields, Carolina Panthers director of community relations, said in a statement via the announcement. “The Carolina Panthers are pleased to partner with Bank of America to enable schools, and the communities they serve, to return to a sense of normalcy by helping fund critical repairs and infrastructure replacement for high school athletic programs.”

In Onslow County, Dixon High School was awarded a $10,000 grant and Richlands High School a $20,000 grant.

Five other Eastern North Carolina high schools shared in the funding, too. East Duplin High School in Beulaville received $9,500; Jones Senior High School in Trenton, $7,000; Pender High School in Burgaw, $7,000; Topsail High School in Hampstead, $20,000; and Wallace-Rose Hill High School – Teachey – $17,000.

Grant awards range from $3,000 to $20,000, and funding was based on specific requests from schools, with a focus on serving the greatest needs, the release said.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association and South Carolina High School League helped in promoting the funding opportunity to schools.



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