Image Credit: David Tepper Foundation
The David A Tepper Charitable Foundation and various other organizations providing more than 15,000 backpacks with school supplies to resource-challenged students in South Carolina and North Carolina.
David Tepper and a group of Carolina Panthers, through their respective foundations and personal contributions, will donate 12,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to 17 schools in Charlotte and one in Kannapolis (the latter via the Torrey Smith Foundation).
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) August 27, 2018
Three school districts were selected to receive 5,000 backpacks each: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Wake County Public School System, and Richland County One in South Carolina.
David Tepper and his family foundation donated 1️⃣5️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ backpacks filled with school supplies across the Carolinas 🎒 pic.twitter.com/E5bf4whnsz
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 30, 2019
Tepper, a former minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, purchased the Panthers in May of 2018 after disgraced owner Jerry Richardson put the team up for sale in December after being accused of workplace harassment and racism.
According to Sports Illustrated’s L. Jon Wertheim and Viv Bernstein, the Panthers owner paid out settlements to at least four employees. The accusations included “sexually suggestive language and behavior” and, in at least one case, racism.
According to Tepper, who is also the founder and president of Appaloosa Management, a global hedge fund based in Miami Beach, Florida and worth $11.6 billion, the drive ensures that “students have the basic resources they need for the classroom, critical for their confident, development and success.”