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September 11, 2012

Panthers help rededicate youth football field

Carolina Panthers founder/owner Jerry Richardson and a trio of linebackers were on hand Tuesday evening to help rededicate Chesire Field in north Charlotte.

The organization partnered with Lowe's for the $300,000 renovation to the Derita Athletic Association complex that has stood for decades and housed youth football games and practices.

Among the renovations were a newly sodded field, irrigation system and field lighting. The press box, concession stand, scoreboard, bleachers, uprights and fencing were all refurbished thanks to the gift. 

The field was rededicated when Panther linebackers Jon Beason, Thomas Davis and James Anderson ran onto the field with a number of Derita Redskin youth football players and Panther cheerleaders. 

"This is a huge moment for these kids," Davis said. "For them to see that the Panthers actually care and for us to communicate with them and just interact, it’s a special moment. As a kid, I would have loved to have had a moment like this."

Team president Danny Morrison gave remakrs on behalf of the team. Richardson sat among the more than one hundred gathered for the event after just having come back from Baltimore for the funeral of former Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on September 11, 2012 at 07:21 PM | Permalink


Great. They need to worry about their product and fast. They really let everyone down - All that optimism, 7 months of waiting,Kalil's letter, The return of Superman - smashed to bits in less than 4 hours

Posted by: StickMyVickInDaMashedPotatoes | Sep 11, 2012 11:37:24 PM

The Panthers are a class organization and they have really helped the area Pop Warner and other youth football programs. The Derita complex needed repairs for many years and I am glad that kids from the entire Charlotte area will get benefit

Posted by: Doug | Sep 12, 2012 1:01:18 PM

i agree..thanks to the panther organization and lowes for your dedication..i am a coach at derita.

Posted by: pantherworld | Sep 12, 2012 2:06:16 PM

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