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NFL's Kurt Coleman "playing it forward" with Beach Blast event

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) -Every Sunday during the season, Carolina Panthers' defensive back Kurt Coleman straps down opposing wide-outs, giving every effort to help the team win but to the 26 year old winning isn't always what the scoreboard reads but rather how you choose to live your life.

Faith, family, football and philanthropy are some of the cornerstones that have built Kurt Coleman into the man we see both on and off the field. It's something he calls "playing it forward". One great example of that way of life came over the weekend when he, along with the Charlotte and Myrtle Beach rotary clubs, helped bus more than 400 "at-risk" students to Huntington Beach state park as a reward for good behavior and improved grades. Many of those students come from low economic standings and as someone who grew up in a family with 8 other children, it's a topic that hits close to home for the 26 year old.

"I never had the chance to go to the beach, my family didn't have that type of money, we never went on vacations,” reflected Coleman, “but through sports and my education I was able to finally get to the beach and do a lot of things.”

“I think it's important for them to know that they can achieve anything that they want, especially through their education. To know that it's attainable but it's not going to be easy, they need to know that and I just want to help instill that,” said the Panther's safety.

Coleman, along with his father Ron, who is a breast cancer survivor himself, has been working since 2010 to bring awareness to early detection of breast cancer with the “Coleman4acure” foundation. You can find out more about the foundation and Coleman's journey to the NFL by clicking on this link: http://coleman4acure.org/

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