Carolina Panthers, Lenovo donate to Columbia arts school

Surprise check arrives at Columbia Arts Academy

Carolina Panther Captain Munnerlyn watches Columbia Arts Academy students jam during his visit to the school. image.

Based in Charlotte (until a looming move of headquarters to York County), the Carolina Panthers take great efforts to ensure they represent both Carolinas.

This week they did so again to the benefit of Columbia Arts Academy, according to reporting by

“The Carolina Panthers teamed up with Lenovo for the company’s Empowering the Carolina’s Program, where fans nominated their favorite small business for the chance to win a $100,000 advertising package with the Panthers during the NFL season. There were more than 300 nominations, and Columbia Arts Academy was the only business in the Midlands that was named a Top 10 finalist.

Former University of South Carolina football player and Carolina Panthers legend Captain Munnerlyn traveled to the academy to deliver the news with a check in hand for $5,000 and a free Lenovo laptop…”

The best part might be that it was a complete surprise to the school’s director, Marty Fort. Read Karamie Hallman’s story to find out more.