William Shatner asks followers to vote for Panther Greg Olsen in charity challenge

William Shatner asks followers to vote for Panther Greg Olsen in charity challenge

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - William Shatner, who is well known for his role in Star Trek, tweeted Monday in support of Carolina Panther's tight end Greg Olsen winning the 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year Charity Challenge.

According to the NFL's website, each football team nominates one player who they think had a "significant positive impact on his community" for the Man of the Year Award.

Fans are then encouraged to tweet or post #WPMOYChallenge with their favorite nominee's last name on social media to help that player win money for their charity of choice. The challenge started on Monday and lasts until Jan. 7. The player with the highest number of mentions on social media wins a $25,000 donation to his designated charity, according to the NFL.

Olsen was among 32 other NFL players who were picked from their perspective teams to participate in the challenge. As of Monday, Olsen was leading the pack and on top of the leaderboard with over 7,000 mentions. Olsen is ahead of runner-ups Wesley Woodyard and Quincy Enunwa by over 4,000 hashtag mentions.

Shatner tweeted to his followers on Monday asking them to tweet Olsen's hashtag to help him win money for his charity.

According to WBTV's news partner The Charlotte Observer, Olsen won a $25,000 donation for the Levine Children's Hospital during the 2016 Man of the Year challenge by getting more than 1.2 million mentions on Twitter by using the hashtag #OlsenWPMOYChallenge. Olsen and his wife pledged to match each retweet with $1 up to $25,000 during the 2016 challenge, the Observer reported.

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Shatner and The Rock were among several celebrities who tweeted in support of Olsen during the 2016 Man of the Year challenge, according to the Observer.

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