The 301 Panthers is a non-profit 501(c)(3) youth sports organization based in Brandywine, Maryland. This organization was founded by Charles and Jessica Wright in 2008. Before starting their own organization, both Charles and Jessica have volunteered at various associations by providing their support and assistance in a variety of capacities. Charles has coached both football and basketball for children ages 5 to 15. While Jessica has coached basketball (for the little guys ages 5 & 6) and provided organizational assistance (to include planning events and filling in as a team mom). She additionally served on several football boards as VP and President respectively.
Together, both Wrights volunteered for over 6 years before deciding to launch their own program. While volunteering at other organizations it became clear that everyone was not in it for the right reasons. They quickly learned that for some, it was about winning and for others it was about making money. Each is definitely the wrong reason to be involved in youth athletics. Moreover, it was equally as disappointing to see less athletic participants sit on the sideline picking grass. For the Wrights, all those factors and experiences played an intricate part in their decision making and prompted them to start the 301 Panthers. When designing the program, the Wrights adopted an approach and philosophy thats simple...everyone plays! Early on, they mandated that all coaches on their staff teach participants the fundamentals. Charles manages the football operations for the 301 Panthers program, while Jessica manages the organizational design and business administration for the association.
The 301 Panthers program provides participants with the tools they need to succeed in their youth career, we make it fun and cultivate the skills they need to be successful in their high school careers. The current 301 Panthers athletic program offerings are basketball, football and cheerleading. These programs were designed to provide young players (ages 5-15) a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in a variety of sports, while learning lessons in teamwork, dedication while developing character and life skills. The 301 Panthers strongly encourage and cultivate an environment where learning is key; and building & maintaining a strong educational foundation is a must!
Charles and Jessica live in Southern Maryland and have been married for over 17 years. Together they have three handsome sons, Jeremiah (16), Kainan (14) and Malachi (11). Although Charles and Jessica founded the 301 Panthers, they attribute much of their success to the countless volunteers, individuals and businesses that contribute yearly to their athletic programs -- each are an integral part of the ongoing success of the 301 Panthers.