The Carolina Panthers believe there is more to being a great leader than simply having great talent. The Community Captain program 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 that the players will remain positive role models as they continue to succeed on the field and as individuals," 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 senior 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.
|2014 Carolina Panthers Community Captains|
|Stokes Brownlee||Dorchester Academy||Saint George, S.C.|
|Bryan Fitzgerald||Butler High School||Matthews, N.C.|
|Justin Holder||Bunn High School||Bunn, N.C.|
|Eric Hoy||Clayton High School||Clayton, N.C.|
|Mannie Ogletree||North Augusta High School||North Augusta, S.C.|
|Austin Scott||Spartanburg High School||Spartanburg, S.C.|
|LaMarcus Smith-Kelley||Lake Norman Charter School||Huntersville, N.C.|
|Molly Springer||Cuthbertson High School||Waxhaw, N.C.|
|Thomas Wilkerson||York Comprehensive High School||York, S.C.|
|Domenique Williams||West Mecklenburg High School||Charlotte, N.C.|