Carolina Panthers Charities and Bank of America gave $20,000 to Fairmont and Lumberton High Schools through a grant.
The schools received a $20,000 check from Carolina Panthers Charities and Bank of America after recently applying for disaster relief grants, according to a press release from the Public Schools of Robeson County. The two schools are among 17 high schools to receive grants through a rolling application process.
“The grants are designed to assist high school athletic programs in the replacement or repair of equipment, supplies or athletic infrastructure lost or damaged during the storm,” the release said.
Fairmont High School sustained damages to athletic equipment and the school’s three scoreboards during Hurricane Florence, said the release. Fairmont Athletic Director Michael Baker plans to purchase new scoreboards and other athletic equipment.
Lumberton High School was used as a shelter during the storm and some of the gym’s floor mats were damaged, the release also said. The school’s field house and baseball concession stand were also damaged. Lumberton High School Athletic Director Mackie Register said he plans to purchase equipment and replace backboards and mats in the gym.
“For the Carolina Panthers to start this hurricane relief fund to help some of the high schools out in N.C. really says a lot about their organization. We are pleased that Fairmont High and Lumberton High Schools were able to receive some of those funds to help them offset some of the cost that they may have incurred from the Hurricane,” Jerome Hunt, Athletic Director for PSRC, said. “It is especially nice to see the grants go to a number of rural counties, which may have no other resources to replace equipment and facilities, which were damaged.”
The grant awards range from $3,000 to $20,000 and funding decisions are based on specific requests from schools, with “a focus on serving the greatest needs.”