The Carolina Panthers took a big step to help victims’ families of the Charleston, S.C. shooting Wednesday that left nine people dead.
The owner and founder of the Carolina Panthers, Jerry Richardson, donated $100,000 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund. Each family will receive $10,000, as well as the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where the tragedy took place during a bible study.
The Mother Emanuel Hope Fund was created this week to provide financial support for the nine victims from the Wednesday night shooting, including the costs of the funeral and burial expenses.
Although Richardson is a North Carolina native, half of his football success can be found in South Carolina, where he was an All-American player at Wofford College.
When Richardson founded the team, which made its first appearance in 1995, he emphasized that the team represented both Carolinas. While the stadium stands in Charlotte, the players attend training camps in Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., each year.
“Our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals,” Richardson wrote in a letter enclosed with the check Friday.
Jerry Richardson and the Carolina Panthers donated $100k to the victims families. People are so gracious. Warms my ♥️ pic.twitter.com/TMs4mTezvx
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) June 20, 2015