The Carolina Panthers Cheerleaders - the TopCats - help cheer the Panthers to victory and entertain fans at every home game at Bank of America Stadium in addition to being visible throughout the Carolinas at corporate and charitable events.
A group of 26 women, the TopCats represent all regions of the Carolinas and range in age from 21 to 36 years old. They hold careers in a variety of distinguished professions, including dentistry, marketing, engineering and teaching.
Auditions for the TopCats are a comprehensive and intense process. The final squad members are selected based on their personalities, showmanship, dance skills, professionalism and physical fitness.
The TopCats staff includes Tina Becker and Richelle Williams, both former TopCats, as well as Kate Milstead. Becker is the director of entertainment, which includes overseeing the cheerleader, mascot and drumline programs and handling game day entertainment. Williams serves as the manager and squad's choreographer. Milstead is the entertainment assistant and coordinates all appearances for the TopCats, Sir Purr and PurrCussion.