“Growing up, the community was so involved with me,” said Rivers. “People used to help me with everything I’ve done growing up. Now I want to pay it back to the community.”
Rivers, a 5-foot-11 210-pound linebacker, was raised by a single parent and has lived in poverty all of his life. His phone and power were routinely cut off, and his family often struggled with shortages of food.
However, Rivers was fortunate enough to have a loving mother, a large network of friends, and many adults that have helped him make proper decisions.
“I have been taught that it is important to appreciate what we have and not to fret over the insignificant things that we lack,” said Rivers.
Regularly, Rivers helps the elderly with yard and housekeeping chores. He also works as a role model by playing sports with neighborhood kids and reading to elementary students.
On the football field, Rivers leads Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson County defense, which has only allowed approximately 14 points against per game.
A Scout.com three-star prospect, Rivers verbally committed to Virginia Tech over ten plus scholarship offers.
Match his community efforts with his 3.67 grade point average and achievements on the football field, and you have a Carolina Panthers Community Captains nominee.
“It would mean a lot [if I was selected as a Community Captain],” said Rivers. “I would have never thought something like this could happen.”
Kerry Neal of Bunn (N.C.), Cameron Ford of Anderson (S.C.) Hanna, and Reid Phillips of Charlotte (N.C.) Myers Park have been named as three of the ten captains, thus far.