The Carolina Panthers are dedicated to honoring our service men and women. The Panthers and USO of North Carolina (USO-NC), the team's military partner, work to create opportunities and experiences for our region's troops and provide them with a genuine sense of appreciation and gratitude for their commitment to our country. It is impossible to fully repay the troops for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, but the Panthers and USO-NC are committed to that effort.
USO-NC assists the Carolina Panthers with all of their military outreach efforts in the Carolinas. The mission of USO-NC is to lift the spirits of America's troops and their families within our geographic boundaries and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and the supporting civilian communities. USO-NC has been providing morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military personnel and their families since 1941. For more information and to donate, visit www.uso-nc.org.
The Panthers are proud to work with organizations like Bank of America that are deeply grateful for the service of our military members and veterans. Since 1920, Bank of America has supported our men and women in uniform and has been committed to connecting them with the resources they need to transition back to civilian life. In both Carolinas and throughout the country, Bank of America is dedicated to helping our troops through financial education for military families, developing wellness programs and recruiting and hiring veterans. Bank of America has hired more than 7,000 veterans since 2010 and plans to hire 10,000 more over the next several years. Learn more at bankofamerica.com/militarysupport.
The Row of Honor is a distinctive row of eight seats in Bank of America Stadium that is reserved for and recognizes active duty service personnel and veterans. Each seat in the Row of Honor features the official emblem of all five U.S. Military service branches. Seats 1-6 have a digital camouflage design, while seats 7-8 are unique. In addition to being camouflaged, seat 7 displays the crest of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and a Purple Heart recipient sits there each game. Seat 8 is ceremonial black and honors POW/MIAs. In tribute, this seat remains permanently unoccupied.
The Carolina Panthers and USO-NC organize annual visits to military bases across the Carolinas. Coaches, players, TopCats and Sir Purr participate in every visit, interacting with troops for special recognition and shared experiences.
The Carolina Panthers and USO-NC work directly with military bases in the Carolinas to recognize and thank military personnel for their service with an exclusive experience at the team's training camp each summer at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. Invited troops watch practice from field level, receive Panthers memorabilia, get a behind-the-scenes tour and dine with players and coaches.
The Carolina Panthers partner with Bank of America and USO-NC to recognize service members from all five branches of the military during an on-field oath of enlistment ceremony at a Panthers' home game. In addition, civilians entering into service for the first time take part in the ceremony. A highlight of the ceremony includes a simultaneous re-enlistment of soldiers stationed overseas, who join the ceremony via a live satellite link that is broadcast in the stadium on PantherVision.
The National Football League and Carolina Panthers continue their long history of honoring veterans and active duty members of the military with their annual Salute to Service campaign. The Salute to Service campaign is designed to unify and elevate the extensive military appreciation work of the NFL and its clubs. Visit www.nfl.com/salute for more information on the NFL's Salute to Service campaign.
Operation Game Day, in partnership with USO-NC, provides military personnel who are Panthers fans with an ultimate game day experience at Bank of America Stadium during the Panthers' annual Salute to Service game. Complete an Operation Game Day nomination form by September 9, 2016 to nominate a deserving service member.
Operation Toy Drop is a week-long, philanthropic project in which Fort Bragg's paratroopers (visiting paratroopers from across the nation) contribute new, unwrapped toys that are distributed to children's homes and social service agencies in Cumberland County and North Carolina.
Each year, the Carolina Panthers, USO-NC: Charlotte Center and hundreds of volunteers welcome and greet more than 2,000 service men and women at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport as they head home for the holidays from basic training in Fort Jackson, S.C.