Community Captain: Kendrick Wiggins

Kendrick Wiggins, a senior wide receiver at Southern Durham (Durham, NC) High School, has been selected as a Carolina Panthers Community Captain.

Rated as one of the top wide receivers and overall athletes in the state of North Carolina, Wiggins also ranks at the top of his class academically and possesses a true passion for helping out his community.

Wiggins (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) has received a scholarship offer to play for the Pirates at East Carolina University. He is also being heavily recruited by Wake Forest and North Carolina, among others. His popularity is quickly growing because of his big play capabilities. Through the first three games of the 2008 high school football season, Wiggins already has over 500 yards of total offense, which includes two kick off returns for touchdowns of 90 and 97 yards.

Along with football, Wiggins is also a member of the varsity basketball and track teams at Southern Durham. However, he still maintains a 3.5-grade point average and is in the top fifteen percent of his class. He is an honor roll student, scholar student athlete, and received the Durham County AVID Academic Scholarship as a junior for his hard work and dedication to academics, athletics and community service.

"Kendrick's drive to continuously improve in academics and athletics is unparalleled," said Southern Durham wide receivers coach Theric Holt. "He always finds ways to improve himself, and is never too busy to help a fellow peer. Kendrick provides a positive example of how to carry one's self and routinely takes the high road when facing difficult situations, while urging others to follow his example. He even finds time to help his fellow teammates with tutoring in the classroom. Kendrick always gives selflessly to his team and other students at Southern Durham High."

Wiggins learned how to be a successful leader from his grandfather who was a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army. Their motto was, "lead by example." "If people see that I am working hard, then it will motivate others to work hard as well," said Wiggins.

Community service and volunteering is very important to Wiggins. Since the sixth grade, Wiggins has been involved with the Department of Social Services Volunteer Program. He has helped with the annual "Share Your Christmas" event as well as assisted in the delivery of school supplies to the needy as a part of the Durham County back to school supply drive. In all, Wiggins has put in over 100 hours of community service for this program since 2006.

Wiggins also lends a hand to help out his community through his participation with the Chi Omega Lambda Fraternity, which is a community service oriented organization. He volunteers with the Durham County Student Action Corp as well.

According to Tasha Melvin, who was Wiggin's supervisor with the Department of Social Services Volunteer Program, "Kendrick is a very sweet and helpful young man. He is always committed to every event that he helps out with and always gives his all. We are going to miss him when he moves away for college, but we know that he will be very successful wherever he goes."

During this high school football season, the Carolina Panthers will select ten Community Captains based on nominations received from high school administrators and media representatives. Recipients will receive an authentic Carolina Panthers Community Captain jersey and have the opportunity to participate in select Panthers community outreach events during the current academic year. Recipients will be honored during an on-field ceremony at the Panthers home game versus the Denver Broncos on December 14, 2008 at Bank of America Stadium.

The Carolina Panthers Community Captain program recognizes outstanding high school football student-athletes in North and South Carolina who have demonstrated strong leadership skills on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. The program encourages these future college and NFL players to continue in their positive development as leaders and role models in their communities.

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