Hey @ThomasDavisSDTM Did you donate all that money to Harding?
Panthers’ Thomas Davis donates $15K for Harding HS state champ rings!
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Harding University High School’s football team’s Received their rings thanks to Carolina Panthers’ defensive linebacker Thomas Davis. It was on Power 98 Davis told listeners that he heard the team was struggling to pay for rings after the team won its first state championship since 1953.
The team finished off a 14-1 season with a 30-22 win over Scotland County in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A state championship game in Winston-Salem.
The rings cost about $400 apiece, so the school was trying to raise about $20,000.
Davis made a huge donation to help the football team get its players and coaches championship rings.
Davis confirmed through a tweet that he donated $15,000 to the team.
Head coach Sam Greiner was on the Power 98 FM radio Friday morning when Davis called in and said he would help out.
“Don’t worry about it, we’ll just pay the rest. So that’s what we’re going to do, we’re going to pay the rest of that money you all need, so you can get y’all rings,” Davis said on the radio.
Davis said he saw the story about a GoFundMe page that was started by the community to help raise money so the team could buy state championship rings.
The GoFundMe page has raised more than $7,000 and has continued to grow, even after Davis donated the money.
Quarterback Braheam Murphy said he can’t believe that Davis helped them out.
“Our family, we don’t have a lot of money for people to help out. It is really a blessing,” Murphy said.
“He just said he saw everything that we done, that we came up from and he was going to help out,” Murphy said.
The team also signed thank you cards for the all the donors who have stepped in to help them out.
The head coach’s impact on the team
Greiner accepted the position two years ago, the football program was one of the worst in the state, winning just one game in both 2014 and 2015.
The players didn’t have uniforms until the coach’s church bought them. They still practice on a beat-up baseball field and they have to dress behind the stands.
“If someone wrote a movie script about everything that’s happened, they would think it’s a fairy tale,” Greiner said. “They wouldn’t think it’s real life.”
Photo Credit: Channel 9 and The Charlotte Observer
News Source: Channel 9, Power 98