No one is more excited for our Carolina Panthers trip to the Super Bowl 50 than Classroom Central.
The Carolina Panthers are greatly ingrained in our rich history and our work to provide free school supplies to students in need would not be possible without their generous support throughout the years.
After visiting teacher resource centers in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, in 2000, the Charlotte Chamber did a feasibility study to learn about the need for such a center in Charlotte. A steering committee made up of invested community members determined there was such a need, and developed a plan for the center over the course of the next few years.
A generous donation of seed money from The Carolina Panthers, totaling $200,000 over five years, along with investments from five other major organizations, allowed Classroom Central to open its doors on October 8, 2002.
The Carolina Panthers have been committed to the mission of Classroom Central since our inception. From player involvement at the Grand Opening, to programs such as the Countdown to the Kickoff Lunch, Stuff the Bus stadium events, Dr. Seuss Reading Spectacular student pep rallies, and Classroom Central Panther Talk, we have benefited from the awareness and financial investment to our programs.
The past two years, we have enjoyed having the Carolina Panthers Children’s Charities and the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation join us for Backpacks and Basics distributions which outfit entire high-needs schools with school supplies.
Today, Classroom Central is honored to serve over 100,000 students in need, in 200 schools within six districts. We are appreciative of our friends at the Carolina Panthers who helped make this dream a reality. We wish them the best at the Super Bowl!