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Carolina Panthers' New coach to Welcome Fans Saturday

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—The Carolina Panthers’ new Head Coach John Fox will welcome fans as part of the free, fun activities of “Family Day” planned for the first day of summer training camp on Saturday, July 27, at Wofford College. Training camp runs through Wednesday, Aug. 21.

The activities, presented by Wofford, Team Spartanburg, and the Panthers, will begin as practice starts at 8:50 a.m.

The Panthers Experience, a free “festival” of interactive football activities for fans of all ages, will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. Activities include football toss, long snap, “Look Like a Pro,” and an inflatable obstacle course.

Free Cokes and LeBleu water will be available, and Panthers T-shirts will be given to the first 500 visitors. Other giveaways are planned, and drawings will be held for tickets to a Panthers game, a Wofford College football game and other prizes.

Coach Fox will address the fans from the practice fields toward the end of practice, around 11 a.m., when the drawings will be held. You must be at least 18 years old to register and you must be present to win. Registration will be held at the training camp site.

Following practice, as has become tradition, fans will have the opportunity to gather autographs from various Panthers players.

The opening weekend of training camp also will be highlighted by special events planned for Monday, July 29, the only night practice scheduled this season. The Top Cat cheerleaders will perform, and there will drawings for Panthers tickets and other items. Other activities are being planned. Activities will begin at 5 p.m. with the opening of the Panthers Experience. Practice will begin at 7 p.m.

Fans can watch all of the Panthers’ practices free through Wednesday, Aug. 21. Parking is free and fans should enter from North Pine Street onto Twitty Street.

SEE THE PRACTICE SCHEDULE BELOW.

The practice schedule is subject to change. For up-to-date information, check the Team Spartanburg Web site at www.teamspartanburgsc.org or call the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau at 594-5050 or 1-800-374-TEAM. Or, visit the Panthers Web site at www.panthers.com.

“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. This is the seventh year that Wofford and Spartanburg have hosted the Panthers’ summer training 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 Panthers Experience will operate throughout training camp. It will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 27; from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, July 29; and from 9 a.m. to noon daily July 30-Aug. 2, Aug. 5-8, and Aug. 12-15. It will not operate on Sundays.

Team Spartanburg is the sports council of the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. It is supported by its corporate partners SunCom and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. 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.”