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Wofford, Spartanburg to celebrate Panthers' arrival

Monday, July 16, 2007

Panthers Party 2007 promises a festival atmosphere.SPARTANBURG, S.C. – A festival atmosphere will fill the Wofford College site of summer training camp of the Carolina Panthers on Saturday, July 28, as the campus welcomes the NFL team for its 13th season.

The team reports for camp on Friday, July 27, with practice beginning on Saturday morning.  Camp runs through Aug. 22.

Panthers Party 2007, presented by Wofford, the City of Spartanburg, and Team Spartanburg, the sports council of the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., with the Panthers’ evening practice scheduled to begin at 6:40 p.m.  The event is sponsored by ESPN 1400 AM and the Herald-Journal.

Admission and parking are free.

The party again will include performances by the Panthers Top Cat cheerleaders and mascot Sir Purr.  Mick Mixon of the Panthers’ announcing team will be the master of ceremonies, and he will show off his musical talents as his band, Sideways Slim and the Radials, performs during the event.

The Herald-Journal again will sponsor the Greatest Panthers Fan Contest, with a category for adults (age 14 and older) and one for youngsters ages 6-13.  The winner of the adult category will receive two tickets to a preseason Panthers game; the winner in the kids’ category will be entitled to be a Panther Pal at camp, a special opportunity to meet players and view practice from field level.

The Wofford Southern Guards Battalion ROTC will participate with a climbing wall and other activities.

Drawings will be held for numerous prizes, including season tickets to Wofford Terriers football and the grand prize of two tickets to a preseason Panthers game.  Loads of fun and activities will fill the evening, culminating in the showing on a mega-video screen the highlights of the Panthers’ 2006 season.

The Panthers and Gatorade will present the 2007 Gatorade/NFL “Beat the Heat” Safety Awareness program to call attention to the prevention and treatment of heat illnesses on the football field during the summer.  The program, a partnership with the Kendrick Fincher Foundation, will include the Gatorade Junior Training Camp in which kids can participate in their own version of training camp through football interactives and a donation initiative for the foundation; those providing a $1 donation will receive a Gatorade squeeze bottle.

The Panthers Experience, free interactive games and activities, will be open for the youngsters’ enjoyment, while football fans of all ages will get the thrill of watching as the Panthers on the practice field.

With a morning practice scheduled for 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, the day will begin with the opportunity to watch the team take to the field for the first time this year.  It also will be the first day of the Panther Pals program, which gives children ages 6 to 13 the chance to be selected for special viewing of practice and to meet players following practice.  Registration will be at the Team Spartanburg/Panther Pals tent at the entrance to camp.  The program is a partnership of the Panthers, Wofford and Team Spartanburg.

Every year, the drama and excitement of the NFL season begins at training camp, and fans of the Carolina Panthers get a front-row seat at Wofford College.  A record 25,370 fans flocked to training camp during 2006, and the crowds are expected to continue to grow.

OTHER TRAINING CAMP INFORMATION:
SCHEDULE:

The Carolina Panthers 2007 training camp will be from July 27-Aug. 22 at Wofford College. All training camp practices are free and open to the public with each practice session lasting between 90 minutes and two hours. Please be aware that practice times and lengths are subject to change without notice.
For the full schedule and updates, go to www.TeamSpartanburgSC.org or www.Panthers.com, or call 1-800-374-TEAM or (864) 594-5050.

DAY 

PRACTICE #1 

PRACTICE #2 

Saturday, July 28 

9:10 a.m. 

6:40 p.m. 

Sunday, July 29 

3:10 p.m. 

No practice 

Monday, July 30 

9:10 a.m. 

6:40 p.m. 

Tuesday, July 31 

3:10 p.m. 

No practice 

Wednesday, August 1 

9:10 a.m. 

3:10 p.m. 

Thursday, August 2 

3:10 p.m. 

No practice 

Friday, August 3 

9:10 a.m. 

6:40 p.m. 

Saturday, August 4 

No practice 

No practice 

Sunday, August 5 

No practice 

No practice 

Monday, August 6 

9:10 a.m. 

6:40 p.m. 

Tuesday, August 7 

3:10 p.m. 

No practice 

Wednesday, August 8 

9:10 a.m. 

3:10 p.m. 

Thursday, August 9 

3:10 p.m. 

No practice 

Friday, August 10 

10:45 a.m. 

No practice 

Saturday, August 11 

No practice 

No practice 

Sunday, August 12 

No practice 

No practice 

Monday, August 13 

9:10 a.m. 

6:40 p.m. 

Tuesday, August 14 

3:10 p.m. 

No practice 

Wednesday, August 15 

9:10 a.m. 

3:10 p.m. 

Thursday, August 16 

10:45 a.m. 

No practice 

Friday, August 17 

No practice 

No practice 

Saturday, August 18 

No practice 

No practice 

Sunday, August 19 

TBD 

No practice 

Monday, August 20 

TBD 

TBD 

Tuesday, August 21 

TBD 

No practice 

Wednesday, August 22 

TBD 

TBD 

For updates of the schedule, go to www.TeamSpartanburgSC.org or www.Panthers.com.

PANTHER PALS:Panther Pals, a partnership of the Panthers, Wofford and Team Spartanburg, offers children between the ages of 6 and 13 a special opportunity to watch part of select  morning practices from field level and then spend time with a player or small group of players after practice. Each day's experience is unique and dependent on player schedules and availability as determined by the Panthers.

Children can register for their chance to be a Panther Pal at the Team Spartanburg/Panther Pals tent at the morning practice on July 28, July 30, Aug. 1, Aug. 3, Aug. 6, Aug. 8, Aug. 13 and Aug.  15. The tent is located outside the main gate to the practice fields.  Five names will be randomly chosen about 30 minutes before the end of the practice session.  The children selected will receive a Panther Pal T-shirt and will be escorted to a special area to watch the conclusion of practice.

When practice is over, Panther Pals meet the participating players, talk to them, and stay with them while they sign autographs on their way to the training facility.

For information about the program, contact Laura Corbin at (864) 597-4180 or laura.corbin@wofford.edu.

PANTHERS EXPERIENCE:
If you have ever wondered how it feels to stand under a punt and try to catch a football spiraling downward or have wanted to test the accuracy of your passing arm, you can find out at the Panthers Experience, a series of interactive games where fans can test their skills. "Fair Catch" and "Football Toss" are just two of the interactive games that will be a part of the Panthers Experience.
The Panthers Experience is geared toward children and will be open during practice from July 28-Aug. 15 with some exceptions.  (For a full schedule, go to www.Panthers.com.)

Not only will fans be able to test their skills in receiving, passing and catching punts, but there will also be an inflatable obstacle course and stadium bounce where anyone can go when they tire of honing their talents. Additionally, there will be picture opportunities behind the "Look Like a Pro" mannequin.