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 school's 60,000-square-foot Richardson Physical Activities Building, which includes a spacious weight room, locker room and training facilities in addition to coaches' offices and meeting rooms. The team also uses the newly renovated 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, all complementing Gibbs Stadium, the Terriers' 13,000-seat football facility and home of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
The Terriers are members of the historic Southern Conference. Wofford is the smallest college in the nation to play in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The school fields intercollegiate athletic teams in 17 sports, composed of nine men's sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, rifle, soccer, tennis, and track) and eight women's sports (basketball, cross country, golf, rifle, soccer, tennis, track, and volleyball).
Wofford is among the nation's leaders in graduation rates for athletes and producing Academic All-Americans. Wofford student-athletes graduate at a higher rate than the overall student body. Activities, such as the Players' Speakers Bureau and Terrier Tales youth reading program, put athletes in the community as role models for area youth.
Among its alumni, the athletic program counts Carolina Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson, who played two seasons in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts. Other prominent alums include former Air Force Head Football Coach Fisher DeBerry and more recently, Wendy Nix, a two-year golf team captain and now reporter, commentator and anchor for ESPN.
Wofford consistently has scored high on the National Survey of Student Engagement, which measures the level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and a supportive campus environment.
Wofford can be found in numerous commercial and non-commercial college guides, including U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges," The Princeton Review College Guide, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, The (Yale) Insider's Guide to the Colleges, and Peterson's Colleges for Top Students. The college consistently lands on "best value" lists in many of these publications. Wofford ranks sixth in the country in the percentage of undergraduates receiving credit for studying abroad according to Open Doors 2009, an annual report published by the New York-based Institute of International Education.
Wofford is among the list of two-year and four-year colleges and universities around the country to be named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for 2010, presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service - an independent federal agency tasked with fostering an ethic of volunteerism and service in America.
Wofford's entire 170-acre campus is at national arboretum, which was named the Roger Milliken Arboretum at Wofford College in 2008 in honor of the longtime trustee and benefactor. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the college is committed to quintessential undergraduate education within the context of values-based inquiry.