The Carolina Panthers Community Captain program recognizes outstanding high school student-athletes in North and South Carolina who excel on the football field, in the classroom, and in the community. The Panthers encourage their future development as role models while they continue their personal growth in college and in their professional careers.
Hanson (6-5, 190) is rated as the fifteenth overall quarterback in the nation by Scout.com. As a junior in 2006, he threw for 2,695 yards and 39 touchdowns and led the Hawks to a 12-1 record and a NCISSA championship. So far in 2007, Hanson has thrown for 2,206 yards and 29 touchdowns and has guided his team to an undefeated regular season record in its title defense.
Despite Hanson’s success and national recognition as a top quarterback, he continues to lead with little personal pomp and circumstance. “Braden has a genuine quality of humility,” says Charlotte Latin Headmaster Arch McIntosh. “There is no personality change on and off the field…no chest bumping like a lot of other players. Among his peers, he is looked to as a quiet person who simply leads by example.”
Hanson currently holds football scholarship offers from Colorado, Duke, Iowa, Kansas State, Michigan State, Missouri, Rutgers, and Wisconsin, but he has given a verbal commitment to play for Butch Davis and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels under a full athletic scholarship. He holds a 3.25 GPA with a challenging curriculum and is on the school’s academic honor role.
Despite Hanson’s busy schedule with football and school, he still puts aside time to assist the Charlotte Latin community. Being at a K-12 school, he is exposed to younger children every day. “I try to serve as a positive role model for them in everything I do,” says Hanson. “To them, we’re almost as big as the Carolina Panthers.” During lunch each Friday, Hanson and some of his teammates visit a second grade classroom to talk to them and answer questions about what it is like to be in high school or to play football. He has also helped at Charlotte Latin’s school festival and has assisted with basketball camps after school.
This daily exposure to younger children has led Hanson to serve children outside of the school environment as well. He has worked with the United Cerebral Palsy organization in Charlotte, including assisting teachers and playing with the children with disabilities. Recently, Hanson has volunteered to teach sick children how to throw a football through the Lou Gehrig Foundation. After his birthday a few years ago, Hanson donated a dozen of his gifts to the Charlotte Medical Center children’s wing, noting, “They needed them more than I did.”
Braden Hanson and the rest of the 2007 Carolina Panthers Community Captain class will be recognized at Bank of America Stadium during a special on-field ceremony prior to the Seattle Seahawks vs Carolina Panthers game on December 16th. Award recipients will receive an authentic Carolina Panthers Community Captain jersey and will have the opportunity to participate in select Panthers community outreach events with current Panthers players.