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Carolina Panthers Prepare For New Season 

July 7, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC--The Carolina Panthers will be on the prowl in Spartanburg when they report to summer camp at Wofford College on Friday, July 26.

The Panthers and Team Spartanburg are planning an exciting, activity-filled opening weekend. Details of the weekend’s activities are being finalized. Watch the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and check the Team Spartanburg Web site at www.teamspartanburgsc.org for all the information.

The first practice is scheduled at 8:50 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, with a 3 p.m. practice to follow. An evening practice is tentatively planned for Monday, July 29. (See the complete schedule below. Because the schedule is subject to change, continue to check the Team Spartanburg Web site or call the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau at 594-5050 or 1-800-374-TEAM.)

Head Coach John Fox will be coaching the Panthers this season. He has visited Wofford College and was impressed with the facilities.

“It’s a great facility,” he says. “The personnel there does a great job of taking care of everything. Our guys are fed well. They get good facilities to operate in so that we can go about our business. It’s a great situation, and we look forward to having it.”

Fox said he’s not concerned about the heat and says it will prepare the Panthers for hot games. “In the early season, you’re going to have some hot weather games. It’s a situation where I’m kind of glad it’s hot there. We’re going to be smart. We’ve got tents set up, and our training staff is well equipped. We’ll monitor guys, but we’re going to go about business as usual and get ourselves ready for the season. We’ve got about four different schedules that we can go to if it gets too brutally hot. Most of our heavy work will be done in the morning, and hopefully we’ll be able to escape the heat.”

Fans can attend training camp and watch the practices for free, including free parking. Practice schedules are always subject to change, so fans should check on the Team Spartanburg Web site or with the CVB for the most up-to-date information.

This is the seventh year that Wofford and Spartanburg have hosted the Panthers’ summer training camp.

“We are delighted to have the Carolina Panthers training camp returning to Wofford College and Spartanburg,” says Wofford senior vice president David Wood. “There is a great deal of excitement throughout the region about Coach Fox and his staff, and I am sure some of that energy and enthusiasm will be apparent in and around the camp.

“The Panthers Experience will once again return for young children, and we encourage all families to come out and enjoy a session of practice on campus,” Wood continues. “Wofford is pleased to be involved in bringing this opportunity to our community.”

The opening day of practice also will be the opening day for the Panthers Experience, an interactive series of fun and exciting activities for the children. The free activities are set up near the practice fields. The Experience will not be open on Sundays. It will operate from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 27, and from 9 a.m. to noon daily July 30-Aug. 2, Aug. 5-8, and Aug. 12-15.

Team Spartanburg’s mission is “to promote Spartanburg, South Carolina, as a destination for state, regional and national sports events, and to assist in the promotion of existing events and to act as a clearinghouse of information on sports events while developing sports events for Spartanburg.” Team Spartanburg is supported by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and SunCom. For information about Team Spartanburg or local sports events, visit www.teamspartanburgsc.org.