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Panthers' Thomas Davis talks helping children in his community

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is just as committed to his life off the football field as he is on it.

To hear the 11-year veteran talk about his efforts in the community, is to know those efforts come from his heart. His focus is on giving children an opportunity to succeed. 

“You can achieve and do anything in life that you put your mind to. With me being in some of the same situations that they are in, growing up, they can look at me and say ‘Hey, I can be Thomas Davis,'” he told WBTV.

Davis and his wife Kelly formed The Defending Dreams Foundation to support different charitable causes in the community throughout the year. One of those causes is an 8-week program called Thomas Davis Leadership Academy.

The program takes groups of 20-30 kids through an 8-week course of “life lessons” ranging from etiquette to setting goals. The group meets on Monday nights in uptown Charlotte.

Kelly heads up the weekly meetings of the class along with her husband. She says the focus is on giving kids a mentor outside the home. Kelly says the success stories are many.

“It’s just awesome to know that I have a mom that will call me and say ‘I’m so glad you talked to my daughter,' or 'I’m so glad you talked to my son.' It makes me feel so good,” Kelly said.

Thomas Davis’ mission to help kids succeed comes from his own struggles in life.

See the complete one-on-one interview with Davis on Thursday at 5 p.m. on WBTV News.

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