GREENSBORO, N.C. - The city of Greensboro has a challenger flag football and cheerleading league for young people with disabilities.
The "Carolina Challenger League" is an 8-week league that gives individuals ages 7-25 with physical or developmental disabilities a chance to participate in flag football or cheerleading with help from volunteers.
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The free league gives participants the opportunity to improve sportsmanship and experience teamwork.
It's a partnership between Greensboro Parks and Recreation’s Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) Unit, Proehlific Park, and the ARC of Greensboro, with a grant from the Carolina Panthers.
"We are blessed to be able to provide this fun-filled experience for kids with special needs," said Ricky Proehl, founder of Proehlific Park and a former NFL star. "I’m partial to football, so I’m doubly excited about this new team, and looking forward to helping the kids learn how to work together for a common goal."
This is the first year Greensboro has had a league. Limited spots for athletes quickly filled up with interested players. League games officially begin in September.
The season will end with a jamboree at the Panthers’ practice facility in Charlotte.