CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 17, 2016) – Carowinds, the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas, is now the newest partner of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and their student athletic programs.

Carowinds and National Amateur Sports (NAS) have announced a partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools that will support educational and student athletic programs. Under this new partnership, a host of unique initiatives will be developed that focus on fostering student and teacher enrichment.

Additionally, Carowinds will collaborate with both organizations to create new educational programs that continue to support national STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) standards as well as new career building initiatives focused on student growth and development.

“We look forward to building a long lasting relationship with both CMS and NAS to create new and exciting initiatives that will enhance the lives of CMS students and teachers,” said John Taylor, Vice President of Marketing & Sales. “We are proud to have a strong legacy of actively supporting education and student athletics and this partnership provides us a unique opportunity to continue our efforts within the community.”

“CMS athletics is pleased to welcome Carowinds as a partner and is excited with the potential range of experiences the partnership provides for CMS students and staff,” added Sue Doran, Director of Athletics for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  “We too look forward to a sustained and productive partnership.”


Carowinds is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Carowinds, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks including Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH, three water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract. For more information, please visit

About National Amateur Sports

National Amateur Sports (NAS) is a Charlotte, N.C.-based company bringing school communities and corporations together by building a community-wide digital strategy. The digital strategy builds efficiencies in communication, simplifies the registration process, and reduces inequities across schools. With an experienced leadership team possessing more than 45 years of combined experience in sports marketing and management, NAS strives to create positive life experiences for young athletes. For more information, please visit