Bobcats and Lowe's to Donate $50,000 to Five Charlotte Organizations

Bobcats and Lowe's to Donate $50,000 to Five Charlotte Organizations
United Way of Central Carolinas, Freedom School Partners, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, 100 Black Men of Charlotte and Allegro Foundation to Receive Education Grants Totaling $50,000

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November 20, 2013

The Charlotte Bobcats and Lowe's today announced the two organizations will award a total of $50,000 to five local groups as part of the organizations’ new educational grant program. United Way of Central Carolinas, Freedom School Partners, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, 100 Black Men of Charlotte and the Allegro Foundation will be the first recipients of the education grants. The organizations will receive their donations during an event Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Cats Care Community Corner at Time Warner Cable Arena.

“Each of these organizations has shown remarkable service and commitment to educating our youth, so the Bobcats and Lowe’s want to support them any way we can,” Bobcats Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield said. “We feel this grant program is a great way to help provide the necessary resources they need to promote academic success.”

The grants will go to the following projects:

100 Black Men of Charlotte – To help fund the Movement of Youth Mentoring program, which seeks to increase graduation rates and college attendance through academic programming, one-on-one mentoring and college and career preparation.

Allegro Foundation – To help fund free weekly movement education classes for 160 children with disabilities at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Title I elementary schools.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – To help fund, a real-time online homework assistance resource that is free to any student with a library card.

Freedom School Partners – To help fund summer literacy programs that help close the achievement gap at Title 1 and Project Lift Schools.

United Way of Central Carolinas – To help fund Project 1,000, a program that seeks to place volunteer mentors with some of the lowest-performing children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

“Lowe’s is excited to partner with the Bobcats to help these organizations enhance educational opportunities across Charlotte,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “Their efforts are helping meet the critical needs of students and families in our community.”

In addition to the educational grant program, the Bobcats and Lowe’s teamed up earlier this year to launch the Book Bus, a full-service literacy bus that travels throughout Charlotte year-round to encourage reading and distribute books to area youth. The renovated school bus helps increase opportunities for literacy and learning in underserved communities.

Cats Care Community Corner
The Charlotte Bobcats built the Cats Care Community Corner on the main concourse of Time Warner Cable Arena to highlight and support the amazing work of Charlotte area nonprofits.

Bobcats Sports & Entertainment owns the Charlotte Bobcats and operates Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena.

About Lowe’s:

Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $36 million to 8,000 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit and