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Report: Panthers owner donated more than $20 million to COVID-19 relief efforts

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Nov 10, 2019; Green Bay, WI, USA; A Carolina Panthers helmet sits on the field during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL community has done incredible work during a time of crisis with incredible donations for COVID-19 relief efforts. While countless owners and players have stepped up, Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is leading the way by far.

Tepper, who donated $2.65 million in late March, has given $22 million towards relief efforts since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Even more incredibly, per Forbes, he plans to give even more money in the weeks and months to come.

“Here, it’s people losing their ability to make money, and that time period doesn’t have a certain end, which also creates a specific challenge for what you do with any kind of philanthropy,” TEPPER SAID, VIA FORBES. “You want to see how long this lasts, what the government response is, but there’s some things you know you need to do now, and some things you know that will not be covered.”

Tepper, who bought the Panthers in 2018, started this offseason by building a culture in Carolina to ensure the team’s long-term success and growth. Matt Rhule will be leading the charge on an unprecedented contract, a deal that showed Tepper’s commitment to building his team the right way.

Now with the ongoing national crisis, Tepper is bringing that same type of commitment to people in need. He has geared many of his donations towards North Carolina and New Jersey, providing support for his team’s community and a state that is at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tepper’s aid is focusing on food and providing financial support to those in need. By providing financial support to food banks, he is making sure that food is delivered to those who are struggling to afford it right now and need it now more than ever.

By donating money towards cash assistance, Tepper is also providing support for millions of people who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders. These efforts give some financial security, which can help in the months ahead for many without paychecks.

Tepper is just part of an incredible NFL community that is focused on COVID-19 relief efforts. The NFL’s Draft-A-Thon, which will take place throughout the 2020 NFL Draft this week, will just be another step in people across the globe helping out as many people as possible.