Panthers Give Christmas Gifts to Winding Springs Students
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tuesday a couple of Carolina Panthers made a difference off the field.
Roman Harper and Teddy Williams are professional athletes. They've proven they have what it takes to make it on the gridiron, but Tuesday, they showcased their impact as players in the community.
Christmas came early for some first, second, and third graders at Winding Springs Elementary School.
"They're just very thankful and gracious kids," said Courtney Wall, principal at Winding Springs Elementary
Two Carolina Panthers and Sir Purrr teamed up with Academy Sports Outdoors to help spread a little holiday cheer. They donated 20 brand news bikes for 20 well-deserving kids.
"All we want to do is give back and do different things and different events," said Harper.
The bikes went to students who excel in the classroom and for families that might be less fortunate this holiday season. It's something Teddy Williams says never gets old. "Nothing better than to see those kids smile and know that this will be a memory for their entire lives," said Williams.
Before you knew it kids were being kids and riding their news bikes, some for the first time, out in the parking lot. Even a big time star in the NFL like Harper remembers that feeling.
"It was me and my brother outside. We had the training wheels, we're getting out there rolling," said Harper. "My oldest brother out there trying to teach to ride without the training wheels. You're not a big kid until you take off the training wheels."