MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The Carolina Panthers were ‘pounding’ it in Myrtle Beach Wednesday.
The Panthers spent Tuesday working on 25 different service projects across the Carolinas. One of them was at the Hayward Community Park Garden of Hope in Carver Street in Myrtle Beach.
May first is ‘Keep Pounding Day‘, the Carolina Panthers day of community service. It’s done on the first day of the fifth month for a reason, number 51 or 5-1, former Panther Sam Mills.
“Before the Panthers playoff game in 2003, NFC Divisional Playoffs against the Cowboys the day before the game he gave an emotional speech and told the team to keep pounding,” said David Monroe, the historical and alumni affairs manager for the Carolina Panthers. “That’s been the team’s mantra. His number was 51 and today is May first, so today is Keep Pounding Day for the Carolina Panthers.”
Mills died of cancer two years later.
Cookie Goings, the director of neighborhood services for the City of Myrtle Beach thinks this is a great way to show off the garden.
“I think it allows the City of Myrtle Beach to showcase who we are,” said Goings, “that we’re not just about the beach, you know that we are a community.”
The Hayward Community Park Garden of Hope is a park that that stretches from Carver to Dunbar Street.
Representatives from the Panthers were also in the Pee Dee in Florence, at the Pearl Moore Basketball Center, to pass out food to 200 different families.