Julius Peppers establishes hurricane relief fund


CHARLOTTE - Julius Peppers has pledged a $100,000 gift to support the relief and recovery efforts of Hurricane Florence.

Peppers has partnered with Foundation For The Carolinas to establish the "Julius Peppers Hurricane Relief Fund." The Bailey, N.C., native hopes his donation will encourage fans, teammates and the community to join him in supporting those in need across the Carolinas.

"I think it would be a great statement if we had 100 percent participation," Peppers said of fellow Panthers supporting the cause. "To be honest, I think that would say a lot to these fans and the community. We rely on their support every week to come to the games and buy our jerseys. It's only right for us to give the same support back to the them and help them in their time of need."

Funds will be directed to nonprofit recipients of grants from Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund, which is providing relief to victims of the storm.

"When these disasters happen you don't have the basic necessities. Sometimes we take those things for granted," Peppers said. "That's what's on my mind. I'm just trying to do something to help."