Jansen, Panthers make reading a snap

CHARLOTTE – Long snapper J.J. Jansen loves to read Dr. Seuss books to his 2-year-old son, but Jansen took it to another level at the 13th annual Carolina Panthers Reading Spectacular.

"It was a little bit nerve-wracking. I'm used to reading for an audience of one," Jansen said. "Dr. Seuss books are fun, but they are not easy to read out loud. I was nervous, taking deep breaths and trying to read slowly to make sure I didn't make any mistakes. It was a lot of fun."

On what would have been Dr. Seuss' 111th birthday, Jansen and TopCat Whitleigh read "Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good for You!" to nearly 1,000 energetic students at Windsor Park Elementary. The school won the special assembly, which included an appearance by Sir Purr, thanks to an essay written by fifth-grader Hayley Mejia for a contest sponsored by Classroom Central.

The school also earned a $2,500 grant for its literacy and fitness initiatives.

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