Carolina Panthers TopCats cheerleaders were be one of the highlights of the "Back to Football Kickoff Party" on Saturday, July 26, at Gibbs Stadium.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College and the Spartanburg community are set to celebrate the Carolina Panthers’ 20th summer training camp.
Every summer since 1995, football fans from all over the country have staked their claim on a grassy hill above Wofford’s football practice fields in the hopes of seeing stars of a team that went from an expansion franchise awarded in 1993 and playing its first season in 1995 at Clemson’s Death Valley, to playing in Super Bowl XXXVIII in the 2003 campaign, to a two-decades-old team that boasts fans from around the world.
Wofford and Spartanburg have served as the team’s only site for summer training camp in those 20 years. Through the 2013 season, training camp drew nearly 400,000 visitors to watch practice.
Training camp will run through Tuesday, Aug. 12. All practice sessions are free and open to the public; times and locations are subject to change and may be closed at the discretion of the coaches.
Panthers Pals presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors will be offered at each practice for children between the ages of 6 and 13. They may register for the opportunity to watch part of practice from field level and then spend time with a player afterward. The program is free, and five children are selected randomly at each practice. The registration tent will be located on the Academy Kids Field adjacent to the entrance to the practice viewing area.
On T-shirt Tuesdays (each Tuesday during camp), following practice, Panthers players will give away a select number of official training camp T-shirts to fans.
A new feature this year, Play 60 Mini Camp at Academy Kids Field will be held Thursday, Aug. 7, and Tuesday, Aug. 11. Children of all ages are invited to participate in an action-packed 30 minute Play 60 Camp on the Academy Kids Field. They will have a chance to participate in football-themed activity stations that are fun for both boys and girls. The Play 60 Mini Camp will begin 30 minutes after the start of the Panthers team practice. (See the practice schedule below or at www.panthers.com/schedule/training-camp/practice-schedule.html.)
Parking for all events is free.
Here is the practice and events schedule, subject to change without notice. (Unless otherwise noted, practices will be held on the practice fields at Wofford.):
Monday, July 28 – 9:25-11:35 a.m.
Tuesday, July 29 – 9:25-11:35 a.m.
Thursday, July 31 – 9:25-11:35 a.m. (NOTE TIME CHANGE)
Friday, Aug. 1 – 1-3 p.m., Gibbs Stadium (NOTE TIME AND LOCATION CHANGE) (NO PANTHERS PALS)
Saturday, Aug. 2 – 9:25-11:35 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 3 – 9:25-11:35 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 5 – 3:10-5:20 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 6 – 9:25-11:35 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 7 – 9:25-11:20 a.m. (Play 60 Mini Camp, Academy Kids Field)
Sunday, Aug. 10 – 3:10-5:20 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 11 – 9:25-11:20 a.m. (Play 60 Mini Camp, Academy Kids Field)
Tuesday, Aug. 12 – 9:25-11:20 a.m. (NO PANTHERS PALS)
For information about the events, contact Laura Corbin, director of news services at Wofford College, at email@example.com or 864-597-4180.