MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As the Carolina Panthers get ready to kick off their 25th NFL season, the organization made several stops throughout the Carolinas and took part in numerous community outreach projects.
The 25 locations represent the team’s 25 years in the NFL.
Workers with the Panthers organization made stops Wednesday morning in Lumberton, Florence, Bennettsville and Myrtle Beach as part of their “Keep Pounding Day.”
The Panthers got to work early in Myrtle Beach, planting several trees at the Garden of Hope off Carver Street in the Booker T. Washington community.
The phrase “Keep Pounding” was made popular by Panthers linebacker Sam Mills during the 2003 season when he was diagnosed with cancer. Mills’ jersey number was number 51, which is why May 1st, or 5-1, was selected for the inaugural celebration to honor him.
Unlike most NFL teams, the Panthers represent two states, and say no matter what part of the Carolinas you live in you’re still part of the team.
“Growing up in the Carolinas, there wasn’t an NFL team, so I was rooting for a team not in our market,” said David Monroe, Historical Affairs Officer with the Carolina Panthers.
The team is now seeing kids born in the last 25 years, getting to grow up with the Carolina Panthers. They’ve seen the young energetic fan base grow with a lot of young fans brought up as Panthers fans from the very beginning.
The Carolina Panthers will kick off their 25th season at home on Sept. 8 against the Los Angeles Rams.