Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera on the Keep Pounding 5K

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – “Well, the biggest thing, Morgan, more than anything else, is to honor my brother Mickey. Mickey passed away with pancreatic cancer a few years ago, in fact it was just before the start of the 2015 season, which was a tremendous run for us,” says Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera.

Rivera says that season was bittersweet for him, personally, because Mickey was such a huge football fan, and would have enjoyed watching the team’s success. He says, “A lot of the things I do and get involved with, I do in his honor.”

The annual keep pounding 5k is one of the events coach does in honor of his brother Mickey.

WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty asked, “How do you think the keep pounding phrase translates to people who are battling cancer?” Coach replied, “I think it translates very well. I think it kinda gives them that, let’s keep fighting, let’s keep fighting, let’s keep fighting, I think that’s important. I really do. because the human spirit and mind is a tremendously powerful thing.”

Funds raised from the keep pounding 5k benefits Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital. This year, runners will follow a different route, due to construction at Bank of America Stadium. But the spirit, the fight, and the message remain the same: Kee Pounding.

Coach says, “I really salute the organization, what (team owner and founder) Mr. (Jerry) Richardson has created, in terms of trying to develop a tight knit bond between our fan base, our community, and this team, I think it’s so important. That’s why we support it.”

The Keep Pounding 5K is on Saturday, June 3rd. If you want to register, click here.