Carolina Panthers Bless 15,000 Kids With School Supplies

The Carolina Panthers and owner David Tepper are preparing for the grueling NFL season, but the organization hasn’t forgotten its responsibilities to the local community. 

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. 

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.

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.”

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.