The Carolina Panthers training camp home is Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., where the team has prepared for the upcoming season each summer since its inaugural campaign in 1995. The Panthers are hosted in the college's 60,000-square-foot Richardson Physical Activities Building, which includes a weight room, locker room and training facilities in addition to coaches' offices and meeting rooms. The team also uses the Joe E. Taylor Athletic Building, featuring a 7,000-square-foot weight room and offices for athletic department staff.
The Richardson building provides Wofford students with a fitness center, aerobics studio and racquetball courts. The building complements Gibbs Stadium - the Terriers' 13,000-seat facility that also hosts the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
The Terriers are members of the historic Southern Conference. Wofford is the second-smallest college in the country to play in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The college fields intercollegiate athletic teams in 16 sports - eight men's sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track) and seven women's sports (basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track and volleyball) along with co-ed rifle.
Wofford's football program has one of the top graduation rates in the country and is one of three teams to make playoff appearances in five of the last seven seasons.
Among its alumni, the athletics program counts Carolina Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson (1959) - who played two seasons in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts, Carolina Panthers President Danny Morrison (1975), former Air Force head football coach Fisher DeBerry (1960) and more recently, Wendy Nix (1996) - a two-year golf team captain and now reporter, commentator and anchor for ESPN. Other well-known Wofford alumni include Craig Melvin (2001) - reporter and anchor for MSNBC and NBC News; David Bresenham (1993) - producer of "American Guns" and "Keeping Up with the Kardashians;" and Chad Fiveash (1994) - writer and producer of television series, including "Kyle XY," "Glory Daze," "One Tree Hill" and "Switched at Birth."
Wofford, established in 1854, is an independent liberal arts college of 1,650 students. It has been recognized as one of the nation's best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Princeton Review and other college guidebooks and is ranked among the best values for private colleges.
Wofford offers bachelor's degrees in 25 major fields of study and is well known for its programs leading to graduate and professional studies, particularly in medicine and other health fields, law and ministry. The college consistently ranks in the nation's top 10 for undergraduates receiving credit for study abroad, and since 2007, more than 2,200 Wofford students have studied in 70 countries on seven continents. Wofford has produced six Rhodes Scholars, including Rachel Woodlee (2013) - a volleyball player.
The college, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is home to one of the nation's 283 Phi Beta Kappa chapters.