Mason, who comes from a military family, has maintained a solid grade point average throughout his high school career even while acting as the man of the household in a yearlong absence of his father who was sent to Iraq to train the Iraqi Army. "There is one misconception about leaders, many leaders think that they should be served; but they are the ones who serve others, not the ones who are to be served," said Mason Cloy. While Colonel Cloy was overseas, Mason was a pillar of strength to families of deployed soldiers in a Family Support Group representing the 5th Brigade 87th Division. He created newsletters, wrote emails and sent packages to soldiers in Iraq as well. This Community Captain also assisted in all aspects of coordinating and executing the 5th Brigade 87th Division's Welcome Home Ceremony, celebrating their return from Iraq. "In regards to character, Mason is as good as they come," commented Coach Jimmy Noonan.
Mason participates in Spring Valley High School's Big Brother literacy program where he reads to preschool children in his school's district. Through his school, he is also involved with the Booster Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Winter Days Toys for Tots program. An example to all student-athletes, Mason also volunteers at his church. "He has helped on fundraisers, workdays to improve our church campus, moving households goods with the Deacons for people needing assistance, helps set and clean-up for a wide range of church functions," said Pastor Eric R. Dye.
Mason Cloy, the Spring Valley football team captain, commented, "I feel like my positive actions that I display on a daily basis have small ripple effects on the community through each individual that I help." Cloy currently maintains a 3.8 grade point average and has been recruited by most major Division I schools on the East Coast. After visiting and receiving scholarship offers from Virginian, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Miami, and Tennessee, Mason has committed to Clemson University, where he will play center for the Tigers.
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 Carolina Panthers Community Captain Class of 2006 recipients so far this season are Kerry Neal of Bunn High School (Bunn, NC), Cameron Ford of T.L. Hanna High School (Anderson, SC), Reid Phillips of Myers Park High School (Charlotte, NC), Gray Gardner of Camden High School (Camden, SC), Samuel "Quinn" Barham of Hillside High School (Durham, NC), Brandon Yeargan of Charlotte Christian Schools (Charlotte, NC) Julius Graves, Jr. of Reidsville High School (Reidsville, NC), LJ Mobley, Jr. of Union Comprehensive High School (Union, SC), and Mason Cloy of Spring Valley High School (Columbia, SC).
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.