Panthers bring cheer to children's hospital

US PRESSWIRE

Several members of the Carolina Panthers visited Levine Children's Hospital to meet with the kids, and hand out Xbox 360 consoles as part of an NFL initiative.

It's easy to be cynical about league-wide charity events that see a multi-billion dollar industry give up a few thousand dollars, but to the children who got to meet the players there is no cynicism -- just excitement. Last week members of the Carolina Panthers delivered eight Xbox 360 systems to the hospital, and spent some time with the children.

Bryan Strickland wrote on Panthers.com about the players who visited, including mascot Sir Purr. It's yet another example of the team's commitment to the community, and their relationship with the hospital. As training camp looms we're bound to get the yearly dress up tradition, that sees the rookies head to the hospital in a variety of costumes (who can forget Tony Pike as a giant baby) as well as giving back in a variety of ways -- as Cam Newton did last year.

Community outreach comes with the job, but the players in Carolina embrace their opportunity to give back -- and that's what makes it special.

Kudos to all the players for getting out there and teaching everyone the importance of Keep Pounding.

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