Panthers celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The Carolina Panthers celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of special events during Week 3.

Carolina designated its home game versus Pittsburgh on September 21 in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Logos promoting Hispanic Heritage Month were painted on the field, banners hung from the stadium bowl walls and padding covered the goalposts.

Before the game, the Panthers recognized Mexico's 2013 NFL Tochito flag football championship team. Master Sergeant Mario Ramirez served as the Keep Pounding drummer.

Additionally, the organization honored Norberto Sanchez, the Chairman and CEO of Norsan Media, with the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, which recognizes the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market. As Carolina's award recipient, Sanchez selected the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to receive a $2,000 donation.

The day before the game, the Panthers hosted an NFL Play 60 Character Camp with NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz at the Simmons YMCA in Charlotte. Local Hispanic youth learned the fundamentals of football and the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

The camp is a part of the NFL's year-round Hispanic outreach initiative, focused on offering youth opportunities to play and experience the game of football while emphasizing exercise and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and life.

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