Youth Programs

JROTC Awards Ceremony

The Carolinas Freedom Foundation annually sponsors the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Program Awards and Recognition Ceremony.

Held toward the end of each academic year at Charlotte’s Bojangles Coliseum, this ceremony recognizes outstanding individual performances by cadets in the JROTC programs. Medals are presented for excellence in academics, citizenship and leadership.

The top five JROTC programs are also presented with the Superintendent’s Proficiency Cup for excelling in physical fitness, general military excellence, academic competition and community services. In addition to the 1,500 cadets who assemble on the Bojangles Coliseum floor, more than 2,000 parents, friends and community supporters attend this event.

  • Date:

    Thursday
    April 27, 2017
  • Time:

    6:00PM
  • Location:

    Bojangles Coliseum
  • Cost:

    Free admission and parking

General Hugh Shelton Leadership Challenge

Each year, the Carolinas Freedom Foundation offers 30 area high school students rising 11th and 12th graders the opportunity to attend the weeklong General Hugh Shelton Leadership Challenge.

Students must hold a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate high moral character and possess leadership skills.

Retired General Hugh Shelton, also the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently established the General H. Shelton Leadership Initiative for Leadership Development to train students in developing strong leadership skills. A North Carolina native and graduate of North Carolina State University, General Shelton returned to his home state to inspire, educate and develop values-based leaders throughout communities in North Carolina. The program was created in the belief that leadership must be based on four core values: honesty, compassion, integrity and diversity.

The 2015 session in Charlotte will be held on the campus of UNC-C with the opening ceremony set for the last week in June.

Patriotic Art Contest

The Carolinas Freedom Foundation, in cooperation with the Visual Arts Departments from CMS, Private Schools and surrounding counties public schools, is proud to announce the details for the 2017 Patriotic Arts Contest open to Middle and Senior high school students.

Patriots Offer Selfless Service!

The theme or prompt for this year’s competition is: Patriots Offer Selfless Service! As students start thinking how they want to portray this challenging theme, they might be guided by “Thinking Prompts” as they begin to visualize how they want to portray this challenging theme.

A patriot is defined by Webster’s Dictionary, as a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion. While selfless service is defined as the offering of help or service to others without any thought whatsoever of reward or self-gratification. It can be offered in numerous unlimited ways, from financial assistance to physical help or through avid support, healing and/or teaching.

How do you, as an artist, depict these two definitions which together makeup this year’s 2017 Patriotic Art Competition and Exhibition’s theme? Students, use your imagination and creative thoughts to develop your art for the competition. The Carolinas Freedom Foundation is proud of its involvement with the future citizens of our community and for providing an opportunity for talented students to showcase their artistic skills and be recognized in a manner that will be beneficial and follow them through their scholastic careers.

Entry Form

Download the contest entry form here!

Contest Information – Deadline October 24, 2017

The deadline for entry to the Patriots Offer Selfless Service art content is October 24, 2017. Winners will be announced October 31, 2017. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3 Honorable Mention winners chosen from Middle and High School Entries Prizes will range from $200 to Gift Certificates. Gift cards from Cheap Joe’s Art Supply in Matthews will be presented to all teachers who have students submitting entries. In 2015, over $1,200 in cards were awarded.

First place winners in each division will be invited to attend the annual American Airlines Freedom Breakfast on Monday, November 6, 2017, along with their parents, teacher and principal. They will also be invited to ride as a VIP in the American Airlines Salute to Veterans Parade on Nov. 4th. Selected entries will be placed on exhibit in several venues throughout the Area beginning November 11th through mid-February.

In 2015 the art was exhibited in the Char-Meck Government Center, the USO, and in Concourse A of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The art was also displayed on the large screens during the Freedom Breakfast. Since recognizing and exhibiting winning entries is such an important part of this program, arrangements have been made to again utilize the Government Center, USO and Charlotte Douglas International Airport for display venues.

Patriotism Bowl

The Patriotism Bowl is an annual community fundraising event that turns a local high school football game a college bowl-like atmosphere which raises awareness of citizenship, patriotism, and service.

Students, fans, and sponsors honor those who serve by wearing camouflaged jerseys, playing patriotic music, bringing in military displays and family-friendly food and entertainment, and staging military flyovers and parachute jumps.

Visit the Patriotism Bowl website here.

Flags in Classrooms

The Carolinas Freedom Foundation supports putting American flags in every classroom across the state so children and teens are reminded and inspired by the patriotic symbol every day.

When the Carolinas Freedom Foundation recognized that there were schools that did not have appropriate American flags, the organization launched the Flags in Classrooms program.

The Carolinas Freedom Foundation now underwrites a program to ensure that local schools have appropriate flags for the classrooms, outside entrances and auditoriums. This program is now offered in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Union County Schools.

To make the initiative successful, a committee made of members of the Carolinas Freedom Foundation board of directors surveyed schools in the area to collect and catalog information about each school’s needs. In response to those needs, the CFF found an opportunity to provide each school with flags for use in multi-purpose rooms and outside flag poles along with flags for individual classrooms.

In addition to providing schools with the symbol of our country, a Carolinas Freedom Foundation team visits the beneficiary schools and presents a program on the flag’s history and how it should be honored.