David Tepper has made it clear that his goal as owner of the Carolina Panthers is winning, both on the field and off of it.
Friday morning, a big win was announced as the Panthers announced a multi-year integrated partnership with The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of North and South Carolina. The marketing partnership was made possible by Transportation Insight, a supply chain management firm based in Hickory, NC.
“The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs cannot thank Transportation Insight enough for making this partnership a reality,” said Wesley Sharpe, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of North and South Carolina, via release. “The awareness that the Carolina Panthers can help bring our programs is unmatched, and the workforce development program will really benefit our club members. We believe when young people have access to quality opportunities that support workforce readiness, they are well-positioned for Great Futures.”
“Underwriting this partnership was the right thing to do because the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of North and South Carolina helps so many underserved kids and their families in so many ways,” said Paul Thompson, Founder and Chairman of Transportation Insight. “This is going to bring so much more attention to the valuable work that the Boys & Girls Clubs do, and the workforce development program has such a wide scope to reach so many young people. I look forward to watching the program unfold over the next few years.
As part of the agreement, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of North and South Carolina become the presenting sponsor of the Carolina Panthers Kids Club. They will also be involved with the team’s Keep Pounding Day, Football 101 event, and Play 60 Combine at Romare Bearden Park, among other events and opportunities.
The Panthers Kids Club is now free to join and provides the team’s youngest fans with a free public tour at Bank of America Stadium, a personalized birthday card and other perks.
Perhaps the most exciting inclusion in the partnership is a workforce development program for members of the Boys & Girls Club, who will get a chance to tour Bank of America Stadium to learn about jobs from the box office to concessions to sports medicine and more in addition to attending both regular season and preseason home games.
The partnership supports the workforce development strategy of the Boys & Girls Clubs, which gives children a chance to explore careers, develops essential life skills, and provides opportunities to learn and demonstrate job skills in a real-world work experience.
“The Carolina Panthers are pleased to team with Transportation Insight and the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of North and South Carolina for this unique partnership,” said Paul McGoohan, Vice President of Corporate Development for Tepper Sports & Entertainment. “Our strategic partnership platforms will help highlight the important work that the Boys & Girls Clubs do throughout the Carolinas.”
Earlier this year, the David A. Tepper Foundation donated over $2.6m to help with COVID-19 response both locally and around the country – Tepper has made charitable efforts a key piece of his ownership of the team and the players have followed suit. Christian McCaffrey raised money through his ’22&You’ program designed to support front line workers, specifically in the Carolinas and his hometown of Denver and this unprecedented time has seen multiple leaders in the locker room, including McCaffrey and Shaq Thompson, step up to donate both time and resources.