CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Panthers owner David Tepper, along with John M. Belk Endowment and Carolina Panthers Charities donated $120,000 funding gift to Classroom Central that will provide new school supplies to 800 elementary classrooms in 19 Title I Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Tepper hosted 60 teachers from Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools at Bank of America Stadium today for the surprise announcement.
“I really do appreciate the commitment you make, you guys make as teachers. I understand from my childhood what it means to have supplies for the students and also to do things for the students they don’t have for themselves sometimes,” Tepper said.
The event started by Panthers tight end Greg Olsen greeting the teachers and giving them a pep talk of encouragement in the Panther’s locker room. Olsen also shared that both of this parents were teachers during his talk. Before saying goodbye, Olsen brought all of the teachers in for a huddle, which they broke down with “Students are the reason!”.
Then the teachers were lead out on the field by Sir Purr and had the opportunity to run through the tunnel where they were greeted by Tepper, who then made the reveal of what they were actually there for.
“When I came here and I was talking to the players I talked about Spiderman. On the first day I talked about Spiderman and I said the same thing to the players -with great power comes great responsibility,” Tepper said. “This is a great platform - the Carolina Panthers, to do a lot of great things for me and for our players. I think you see the players out there again and again doing things in the community, and listen I think it’s my responsibility to do things too.”