The Carolina Panthers Community Captain program presented by Guy Roofing recognizes 10 outstanding high school student-athletes in North and South Carolina each fall who excel in their sport, in the classroom and in their community. The Panthers encourage their future development as role models while they continue their personal growth in college and their professional careers.
"One of the expectations of playing in the NFL, and in particular for the Carolina Panthers, is the desire and commitment by players to give back to the community," said Riley Fields, Carolina Panthers director of community relations. "We want to cultivate off-the-field leaders who will carry that ethic with them into adulthood once their college careers are over."
In order to be considered as a Community Captain, individuals must maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average and perform voluntary community service (i.e. camp instructor, participation in school food drive/toys for tots program, mission trips, visits to nursing homes/hospitals, involvement with Boys & Girls Club/YMCA programs or other service projects).
Winners are honored during an on-field ceremony at a Panthers home game and receive a personalized Carolina Panthers game ball.
"Our hope is these outstanding young men and women will continue to positively impact others through their leadership and service as they grow personally in college and into adulthood.," Fields said. "We are hoping to lay the foundation of high expectations for these young men and women. They have a tremendous opportunity to utilize sports to accomplish great things for themselves and, more importantly, to impact others through their leadership and service."
All high school student-athletes in North and South Carolina are eligible for the Community Captain award. Nomination forms can only be accepted from high school coaches, athletic directors, principals or teachers. Download a Community Captain nomination form.
|2016 Carolina Panthers Community Captains|
|Sam Beckley||Byrnes High School||Duncan, S.C.|
|Parker Birch||Byrnes High School||Duncan, S.C.|
|Cailah Hicklin||Lower Richland High School||Hopkins, S.C.|
|Julia High||Rocky Mount Academy||Rocky Mount, N.C.|
|Manolito Mantecon II||Ashbrook High School||Gastonia, N.C.|
|Jordan McDaniel||James Island Charter High School||Charleston, S.C.|
|Jack McDonald||Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School||Bamberg, S.C.|
|Leandre'a Scott||Butler High School||Matthews, N.C.|
|Jackson Smith||North Augusta High School||North Augusta, S.C.|
|Courtney Weber||Cox Mill High School||Concord, N.C.|