Ford's selection is based upon his efforts to voluntarily make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than himself. "If I can make one person's life a little better, even for one day, I've made a difference." Cameron Ford The T.L. Hanna senior football standout carries a 3.54 GPA along with his most endearing attribute, his character. It is that "impeccable character" according to the T.L. Hanna Football Head Coach Scott Parker that has benefited the lives of children and families across the Carolinas.
Cameron's commitment to serving others includes participating with local Special Olympics events, has performed clean-ups in cities from Boston to Daytona, volunteered at Operation Care – a crisis ministry that distributes food and clothes and Strong Communities an organization that works to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Ford, a 6'4" 212lb receiver, has received scholarship offers from NC State, Kentucky, and Virginia Tech. Other schools who have indicated interest are Louisville, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Alabama.
The Community Captain Class of 2006 is heading into week 3, led by two great leaders on and off the field in Kerry Neal of Bunn High School (Bunn, NC) and Cameron Ford of T.L. Hanna High School (Anderson, SC).
Beginning with Week 1 and ending with Week 10 of the Carolina Panthers regular season schedule, the team will select ten elite high school student-athletes as Community Captains. The 2006 Carolina Panthers Community Captain Class will be recognized during a special on-field ceremony at the Panthers final regular season home game versus the Pittsburg Steelers on December 17th.
Winners will receive an authentic Community Captain jersey and will have the opportunity to participate in select Panthers community outreach events with current Panthers players. Recipients are also featured on the Carolina Panthers Community Captain Horse Trailer on www.panthers.com.