Carolina Panthers founder/owner Jerry Richardson and a trio of linebackers were on hand Tuesday evening to help rededicate Chesire Field in north Charlotte.
Jon Beason, Thomas Davis and James Anderson ran onto the field with members of the Derita Athletic Association youth football league to rededicate the field. The team had partnered with Lowe’s for the $300,000 renovation to the complex that has stood for decades and housed youth football games and practices.
Among the renovations were a newly sodded field, irrigation system and field lighting. The press box, concession stand, scoreboard, bleachers, uprights and fencing were all refurbished thanks to the gift.
“This is a huge moment for these kids,” Davis said. “For them to see that the Panthers actually care and for us to communicate with them and just interact, it’s a special moment. As a kid, I would have loved to have had a moment like this.”
The event capped off a day of travel for Richardson, who had just returned from the funeral of former Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens founder Art Modell.