As part of the Panthers Privileges program, the Carolina Panthers randomly selected original PSL Owner Alyson Young and her guest, Beverly Penninger, to send to the 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando, FL. Her trip included air fare, hotel accommodations, game tickets and access to exclusive events. Below, Alyson tells the story of her special experience, provided by the Panthers.**
By Alyson Young, PSL Owner
It's not every day that Sir Purr, a camera crew and Carolina Panthers staff members show up at your office. Lucky for me, they showed up at my place of business, the Carolina School of Broadcasting, this past December to surprise me with a trip to the 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
The amazing weekend kicked off with a welcome reception for all of the 32 winning season ticket holders, representing each NFL team. At the reception, NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating, Al Riverton, reviewed several controversial calls, showing replays from multiple angles. It was a fun, insightful and behind-the-scenes look at the challenges facing officials making the "tough" calls.
On Saturday morning, we were treated to a Q&A with Pro Bowl Hall of Famers, Warrick Dunn and LaDainian Tomlinson. Hearing them speak about their careers, their love for the sport and their community service was inspiring. Then, it was off to Pro Bowl practice. As exciting as it was to see all of the League's premier players, and even getting autographs from all the players, it was more exciting to meet our three Carolina Panthers Pro Bowlers – Graham Gano, Trai Turner and Thomas Davis, Sr. During practice, Gano gave me a signed hat and each of our stars signed my prized Panthers football, more cherished now than ever.
Sunday morning, we headed for Camping World Stadium where former NFL corner, and five-time Pro Bowler, Troy Vincent joined us for a Q&A and photos. After a group photo on the playing field and a few more autographs, it was on to our seats for the game itself.
While the game turned out to be a rain-soaked affair, that didn't dampen our spirits. Our group of dedicated NFL season ticket holders all know that weather never stands in the way of football. Surprisingly, that was one the best parts of our Pro Bowl experience – meeting the other season ticket holders, even those from the Saints and Falcons. Who says we can't all get along?
The Panthers are pleased to offer Panthers Privileges opportunities like this year's Ultimate Pro Bowl Experience, as a part of an ongoing effort to reward our most loyal fans. The program is excited to continue to provide PSL Owners with the opportunity to win a variety of memorable experiences in 2018.