CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers welcomed about 100 campers from the Police Activities League to Frazier Park for a Play 60 Event Thursday morning in uptown Charlotte.
All of the Panthers rookies, including first round pick defensive end Star Lotululei and second rounder Kwann Short, put the kids through football drills and taught them the importance of technique and player safety. The campers also heard from former Concord Football Legend E.Z. Smith.
The event was a new experience for everybody, even guys like rookie linebacker A.J. Klein. Klein said, "I didn't have anything quite like this growing up. I think this is awesome that we have these play 60 events for the kids." He added, "We want to get kids out of their homes, get out for 60 minutes and have some fun."
The Play 60 Initiative was launched by the NFL back in 2007 as part of a national youth health and fitness campaign focused on increasing the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Carolina will report to training camp on the Wofford Campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina in late July.