CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Carolina Panthers All-Pro Cornerback Josh Norman not only does great things on the field, but he also does them off the field.
Norman established his charity, Starz24, after the rec center in his hometown of Greenwood, SC was tore down and children had nowhere to go after school and on weekends for extracurricular activities.
Greenwood saw the crime rate and gang-related activity greatly increase after the rec center was demolished, so Norman - knowing the importance of it - has made it his goal to provide enrichment through community events in youth programs, especially in his hometown.
The Starz24 mission is to offer young people a positive support system to avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives. To inspire self discipline within each other, and to rise above all adversaries that may face us in life.
Josh Norman is teaming up with some of his teammates, including Thomas Davis, for his inaugural celebrity basketball game in Charlotte. The event will help raise money for poverty-stricken areas, including Norman's Greenwood, SC.
That event will kick off Friday at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the game will start at 6:30 and last until 8:30.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and students and free for kids 4 and younger. Visit starz24.org for more info on how to purchase tickets.
Norman is also one of the top NFL free agents, and told WBTV Thursday that he hopes to remain in Carolina long-term.