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Community Captain

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.

Winners are honored during an on-field ceremony at a Panthers home game and receive a personalized Carolina Panthers game ball. IN addition, each recipient’s school receives a $500 grant to support their high school athletics program.

"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."

The Community Captain program is open to male and female high school student-athletes in North and South Carolina.  To meet eligibility requirements, male candidates must participate in their school’s varsity football program, while female candidates must participate in one of their school’s varsity sports. Nomination forms are only accepted from the following: high school coaches, athletic directors, principals, teachers or members of the media. Download a Community Captain nomination form.

2017 Carolina Panthers Community Captains
Athlete School Location
 Anna Durak  Hickory High School  Hickory, N.C.
 Anna Ellis  Dixie High School  Donalds, S.C.
 Christian Hollar  Hoggard High School  Wilmington, N.C.
 Taylor Williams  Greene Central High School  Ayden. N.C.
 Emma-Blake Byrum  J.H. Rose High School  Greenville, N.C.
 Gracen Price  Cambridge Academy  Ninety Six, S.C.
 Jaelen King  Heathwood Hall  Blythewood, S.C.
 Jordan Starkes  Northwestern High School  Rock Hill, S.C.
 Tamara Jackson  Green Sea Floyds High School  Loris, S.C.
 Tyler Mills  Forest Hilsl High School  Marshville, N.C.