Russell Athletic CarbonTek Shoulder Pad Contest

East Mecklenburg (N.C.) wins Russell CarbonTek Shoulder Pad Sweepstakes

FNF magazine and Russell Athletic will be supplying the East Mecklenburg High (N.C.) football team with more than $3,000 worth of shoulder pads for the 2016 season as a reward for winning the inaugural Russell CarbonTek Shoulder Pad Sweepstakes.

The FNF staff selected East Mecklenburg as the most deserving school among 40 entrants to the sweepstakes. Earlier this spring, FNF invited coaches throughout the continental United States to enter the contest by submitting a 100-word entry on The entry form provided each coach a forum to articulate why his program was most deserving of the grand prize of six sets of Russell CarbonTek shoulder pads.

East Mecklenburg coach Barry Shuford expressed his program’s significant need for improved shoulder pads. The school’s athletic budget is stretched thin, with 65 percent of all students at the school qualifying for free or reduced lunch under federal guidelines. The school cut its shoulder pad replacement budget for the 2016 season, reallocating the money to cover expenses for helmet replacement and reconditioning.

“We would certainly put these pads on our most contacted players to protect them,” Shuford wrote in his entry. “With only 70 players – both varsity and JV – in the program, losing any kid due to injury is hard.”

The Russell CarbonTek system retails at $549.99 per set. The shoulder pads are considered one the safest, most technologically advanced protective systems on the market. You can learn more about the shoulder pads at

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