CHARLOTTE, NC — Panthers defensive end Mario Addison is providing a VIP treatment for nearly three dozen teens living in public housing communities where he grew up.
Addison, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, grew up in one of the area’s public housing communities before going on to NFL stardom. Addison has returned to his hometown several times throughout the past year to provide various programs and amenities for his former neighbors.
This weekend, Joseph Bryant, with the Birmingham Housing Authority says the Panthers defensive end will welcome roughly three dozen teenagers from their public housing communities to the Queen City. While in town, they will see the Panthers take on the Vikings Sunday at 1pm, tour Bank of America Stadium, and meet several of the players one-on-one.
Bryant says this will be the first NFL game for nearly all of the teens attending.
Addison says he wants to show the kids the possibilities of life outside their current surroundings, which are pretty challenging for some.