Friday Night Lights
Award Dinner

Honoring The Best and Brightest Charlotte Area Football and Cheer Student-Athletes


The 11th Annual Friday Night Lights Awards Dinner proudly returns to honor the best and brightest Football and Cheer Student Athletes in the Greater Charlotte Region. Formerly known as the Charlotte Football Awards, the 2023 version will be the eleventh anniversary of this very special student recognition event. On December 10th, the Football and Cheer families that make Friday Night lights so special will gather at the Sonesta Park Hotel to honor the best and brightest student athletes that have worked so hard over the last year to achieve success.


This prestigious awards night has become a very special evening for football players, cheerleaders, coaches, teams, families and friends. This is the one night of the year when the entire Greater Charlotte football, and communities come together as one to recognize outstanding achievements on and off the football field. Over the last ten years, finalists have included student-athletes now competing in the NFL and at top-ranked colleges across the country (Florida, Georgia, Florida State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Stanford, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Clemson and many more).



The Friday Night Lights Awards Dinner was founded as a sister event to the 16th Annual Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Baseball and Softball Awards Dinners. Inside the family, we also operate the 6th Annual Charlotte Lacrosse Awards and the 3rd Annual Charlotte Track and Field Awards. Tripp Roakes, Founder of South Charlotte Sports Report and South Charlotte Sports operates the events to provide a special spotlight onto local student-athletes and their families, rewarding them for all the time and dedication they have given to their sport.




Football and Cheer Award nominations are now open at and will be open until the first week of November. Finalists will be notified at that time of their selection and will begin to prepare for the special evening. Over 20 awards will be presented to the top high school and middle school student athletes and all finalists will be recognized at the 11th Annual Friday Night Lights Awards Dinner.