Community Captain: Alexander Dawson

The Carolina Panthers have selected Alexander Dawson, Free Safety and Wide Receiver at Eastern Alamance High School, as a 2010 Community Captain.

The Carolina Panthers Community Captain program recognizes outstanding high school football student-athletes in North and South Carolina who have demonstrated strong leadership skills both on and off the field. The program encourages these outstanding young men to continue to be leaders and role models in their communities.

One of the paramount life lessons that football can teach young athletes is discipline. Discipline is necessary in every part of the game from learning plays to physical gains. As Dawson's Head Coach John Kirby reflects, "Alexander is a role model for our players and our student body. He leads by example and is always working to make himself better. He is one of the first on the practice field each day, and always one of the last to leave." And discipline is paying off for Dawson, the only Eastern Alamance Eagle to play both offense and defense. In his junior year, Dawson helped lead his team to a Regional Championship and received All-Region 2nd Team honors. Recently, Dawson was chosen to be an alternate for the prestigious Shrine Bowl and received Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors from a local community bank awards program. This scholar-athlete currently holds an unweighted 3.36 GPA while taking AP classes at Eastern Alamance and passing college-level examinations as well as his SATs with near perfect scores.

However, Dawson has demonstrated a maturity and discipline beyond his years in the community as well. Through Eastern Alamance's ‘Dream Team', Dawson speaks to local middle schoolers and disadvantaged kids about avoiding drugs and alcohol, advocating for healthier and safer lifestyles. Dawson also serves as the President of the Burlington-Graham chapter of Jack and Jill of America, an organization geared towards nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through community service. Alongside his Jack and Jill of America chapter, Dawson has helped to organize blood drives, food and clothing drives, and many of projects.

In many ways, Dawson has demonstrated a discipline and awareness for the platform his talents on the field have afforded him, understanding and counting the cost to excel.

The Carolina Panthers will recognize the 2010 Community Captain Award recipients during a special on-field ceremony during pre-game of our final home game on December 19th.

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