Panthers Paint the Town: Players Involved in Community Affairs


WCCB CHARLOTTE — A late night of traveling did not stop Panthers players from making a splash in the Charlotte community.

Carolina Panthers linebacker and 2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Thomas Davis partnered with Classroom Central and Carolina Panthers Charities to distribute more than $15,750 worth of backpacks filled with much-needed school supplies to over 500 students at Lingerfeldt Elementary School, one of the region’s most in-demand schools.

Other members of the Panthers, including Luke Kuechly, were in attendance.

“I am excited to partner with Classroom Central and Carolina Panthers Charities on this year’s backpack distribution,†said Davis.  “Growing up in a single-parent household, I understand what it’s like to go to school without basic supplies like paper and pencils.  I am blessed to be in a position to give back and help youth succeed both in and out of the classroom.â€

Across town, members of the offense were guest speakers at the Charlotte Touchdown Club luncheon at The Westin Hotel. Cam Newton, Ryan Kalil and Greg Olsen took part in the activities.

At night, Cam made a stop over at BB&T Ballpark and threw out the first pitch at the Knights game.

“That was my first one,” Newton said of the first pitch experience. “I was trying to (brush) off all the cob-webs. I think my entourage was more nervous than I was.”

Not to worry, Cam did not have an infamous first pitch. Newton even hammed it up a little bit for the crowd.