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

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

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

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

Classroom Central coordinates the multi-school distribution.

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

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

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

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

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