Panthers donate backpacks with school supplies to 15,000 Carolina students

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The David and Nicole Tepper Foundation has partnered with the John M. Belk Endowment, Classroom Central and Carolina Panthers Charities to donate more than 15,000 backpacks with supplies to school districts across North and South Carolina.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Durham Public Schools and York County School Districts (SC) will each receive 5,000 backpacks with school supplies.

Distribution of supplies began Friday, September 17 as Nicole Tepper was joined by Carolina Panthers rookie players, mascot Sir Purr and the TopCats at Thomasboro Academy in Charlotte for a kick-off event.

Classroom Central coordinates multi-school distribution.

“We are extremely grateful to the David and Nicole Tepper Foundation and the Panthers Charities for inspiring our community to come together in support of local students,” said Classroom Central CEO Karen Calder. “Together, we have ensured that 30,000 students start the school year ready to succeed.”

The Teppers have been known to donate to Carolina schools since owner David Tepper bought the team in 2018.

“Ensuring students have the basic resources they need for the classroom is critical to their confidence, development and success,” Panthers owner David Tepper said. “I am proud to team up with our community partners for this important effort. »

The Panthers and their partners plan to hold pep rallies for each school district once health and safety protocols allow school and in-person events.

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