North Carolina

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools awarded Hometown Grant

On behalf of the National Football League and dairy farm families of North Carolina, the Carolina Panthers and The Dairy Alliance presented Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools with a $10,000 Hometown Grant. The Hometown Grant will assist Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in making improvements to in-school nutrition and physical activities. Robin Lyles, Assistant Principal for Lebanon Road Elementary said, “We’re very grateful for the resources from Fuel Up to Play 60 to make healthier eating and the right amount of activity a reality for our students.” In spring of 2018, Fuel Up to Play 60 students led Panthers player, Graham Gano and North Carolina dairy farmer, Roddy Purser, on a tour of their school garden and shared a school lunch with the pair. Prior to the garden tour, Fuel Up to Play 60 students and Gano visited Purser’s dairy farm in Peachland, North Carolina to learn what it takes to produce milk. Since the program began in 2009, the dairy farm families in the Carolinas have invested over $1 million dollars to support Fuel Up to Play 60 in their schools. “This is a special relationship we have with the students through Fuel Up to Play 60. They are doing great work at Lebanon Road Elementary to get kids proper nutrition and physical activity” said Roddy Purser. “We’re proud to do our part providing milk to drink and encouraging kids to make healthy choices for their life” added Purser.