The Carolina Panthers Community Captain program recognizes high school student-athletes who, through their hard work and dedication to their sport, their education, and their community are making a difference and demonstrate the potential to excel.
There is a certain kind of “celebrity” status that follows athletes like K.J. Brent. The Marvin Ridge Wide Receiver has all of the accolades of a great player from 1st Team All- Southern Carolina Conference honors, to nominations for the Under Armour All-American Game, to the 13 major universities chasing after him. Yet, Brent is “very aware that others look up to him,” explains Head Coach Scott Chadwick, and he is looking to make a difference with that status.
In the classroom, Brent has maintained an unweighted 3.4 GPA and has been on the Marvin Ridge Honor Roll every semester of his high school career. Serving on the school’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board has helped Brent to not only understand the problems and issues facing the area schools and students, but to look for answers as well.
Among his many responsibilities, projects, and volunteer efforts, this FCA member also embraces a role in serving the homeless and the poverty-stricken in the Charlotte area as well as in Washington, D.C. when visiting relatives. Through his church, St. Peter’s Episcopal of Charlotte, Brent volunteers every Wednesday night through the winter months to set up beds, showers, and hot meals for the homeless, giving them a place to feel safe and welcome. “I quickly learned that while it is something that may not be a big deal to others, it means the world to the people we are serving,” Brent reflects.
These valuable lessons in humility and service will undoubtedly mark Brent for the rest of his playing career and his life. Recently committing to attend the University of South Carolina, Brent will soon gain the chance to make an impact from an even greater platform than he has today.
The Carolina Panthers will recognize the 2010 Community Captain Award recipients during a special on-field ceremony during pre-game of our final home game on December 19th.