“I’ve been going to mission trips with my church ever since I was four [years old],” said Ford. “I would just go and help out with the kids. I saw a lot at a young age and saw what community service could do.”
Contributing to the community runs through Ford’s family.
“My mom and my aunt do it every Monday, they go to Operation Care – a local food and clothes shelter,” said Ford. “My mom is really involved in church and really got me involved.”
However, it was Ford’s initiative alone to involve himself with the Special Olympics throughout his high school years.
“In ninth grade we had a chance to go, so I went,” said Ford. “We had a special friend, and we would just go around with him, help him out, and cheer him on. I went again last year and plan to go again this year.”
At Anderson (S.C.) Hanna High School, Ford is a 3.54-student and the star receiver on the football team. In just two games Hanna is undefeated as Ford has scored six touchdowns.
Because he meets the definition of what the Carolina Panthers are looking for in their Community Captains program, Ford has been named a nominee.
“It would be really exciting to me [to be named a Community Captain], because I get to do some more [community service] with the Carolina Panthers,” said Ford. “It would give me a new opportunity to do stuff.”
The Carolina Panthers Community Captains program will honor student-athletes that have exhibited outstanding leadership on the football field, in the classroom and in their communities. The first Community Captain will be announced on September 10th.
For not only his play on the field, but the character he brings to a roster, Ford holds scholarship offers from N.C. State and Kentucky, while schools like Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Georgia, and Clemson are very interested.