Julius Graves Announced as Community Captain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- The Carolina Panthers have selected Julius Graves, Jr., a senior wide receiver at Reidsville High School (Reidsville, NC), as a 2006 Carolina Panthers Community Captain.

The Carolina Panthers Community Captain program recognizes high school student-athletes in North and South Carolina who excel in the classroom, in the community and on the football field. The program is designed to recognize outstanding young leaders and to encourage their future development as role models while they continue their personal growth in college and in their professional careers.

Graves selection is based upon his efforts in strengthening his community and surrounding schools. This Community Captain serves community based programs Students of Promise (SOP) and Save Our Schools (SOS). These programs provide tutoring and mentoring for middle school students. Julius Graves, Jr. also serves as a Peer Mediator at Reidsville High School, while participating at the Rockingham County Teen Court as a regular volunteer. Additionally, he is a Junior Volunteer at his local hospital; assisting the nursing home staff and its residents.

Graves prides himself on fulfilling his academic responsibilities as a student-athlete, achieving a 3.8 grade point average. "I have strived to be a leader in the classroom by taking the most challenging courses and receiving good grades," said Graves, Jr. He is a member of the Who's Who Among High School Students and has been awarded multiple academic honors such as the North Star Achiever Award, the Math Award, and National Honor Roll honors.

Graves has received recruitment interest from North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Georgia, James Madison University, University of Richmond, and University of Maryland.

The Community Captain Class of 2006 recipients so far this season are Kerry Neal of Bunn High School (Bunn, NC), Cameron Ford of T.L. Hanna High School (Anderson, SC), Reid Phillips of Myers Park High School (Charlotte, NC), Gray Gardner of Camden High School (Camden, SC), Samuel "Quinn" Barham of Hillside High School (Durham, NC), Brandon Yeargan of Charlotte Christian Schools (Charlotte, NC) and Julius Graves, Jr. of Reidsville High School (Reidsville, NC). Beginning with Week 1 and ending with Week 10 of the Carolina Panthers regular season schedule, the team will select ten elite high school student-athletes as Community Captains.

The 2006 Carolina Panthers Community Captain Class will be recognized during a special on-field ceremony at the Panthers final regular season home game versus the Pittsburg Steelers on December 17th.

Winners will receive an authentic Community Captain jersey and will have the opportunity to participate in select Panthers community outreach events with current Panthers players. Recipients are also featured on the Carolina Panthers Community Captain Horse Trailer on www.panthers.com.

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