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Best of social: Keep Pounding Day

Dave Canales

The Panthers celebrated the team's sixth annual Keep Pounding Day Friday, an organization-wide day of service to benefit communities across the Carolinas. Players, coaches, Legends, and staff participated in five service projects in North and South Carolina, serving Charlotte, Rutherfordton, and Columbia, SC. The projects addressed housing, food security, and juvenile justice as part of the team's commitment to the surrounding area.

"The Carolina Panthers are looking forward to celebrating the organization's annual Keep Pounding Day of community service," said Panthers director of community relations Riley Fields. "We are grateful for the support the team receives from communities across North and South Carolina and are looking forward to serving our region through a variety of service initiatives during this year's Keep Pounding Day."

The projects included the following:

Roof Above Men's Shelter (Charlotte, NC): Volunteers helped refresh the outside of the center. Activities included painting, trash cleanup, railing refurbishments, landscaping and an ice cream social at the end of the event at the city's largest shelter for men experiencing homelessness.

Rutherfordton Reading Spectacular (Rutherfordton, NC): Volunteers headed west to encourage the adventure of reading. From an encouragement pep rally and building free public library kiosks, the team worked with 200 students from Rutherfordton Elementary School and enjoyed a picnic lunch.

South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (Columbia, SC): Volunteers went to a youth detention center in Columbia, SC to engage with 30 youth, ranging from 12 to 17 years old, sentenced to the facility. Activities included a canvas painting activity focusing on dreams and the positive potential of their futures, along with lunch and fellowship followed by outdoor group games.

Ultimate Play 60 Day at USC (Columbia, SC): Volunteers will lead 150 youth in an ultimate Play 60 Camp and encourage healthy, active lifestyles at the University of South Carolina indoor practice facility in partnership with USC Athletics.

West Blvd Neighborhood Coalition (Charlotte, NC): Volunteers assisted Seeds4Change, a community garden along the West Boulevard corridor, to help with planting, landscaping, painting, and site improvements to benefit the Seeds4Change farmers market, which provides weekly fresh produce in the West Boulevard community.

View photos of Panthers players and staff members in the community for the sixth-annual Keep Pounding Day! The team visited Charlotte's Roof Above Men's Shelter to refresh the center and West Blvd. Neighborhood Coalition to improve their community garden, Rutherfordton, N.C. to encourage the adventure of reading, Columbia's South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice to interact with youth at the facility, and the University of South Carolina for an exciting Play 60 Camp focused on healthy lifestyles.

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