Community Captain: Jonathan Bowie

The Carolina Panthers have selected Jonathan Bowie, a senior at Hendersonville High School (Hendersonville, NC), as a 2009 Carolina Panthers Community Captain. The Carolina Panthers Community Captain program recognizes high school football student-athletes in North and South Carolina who excel in the classroom, in the community and on the 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.

This 6-foot-3-inch, 283 pound offensive guard and defensive nose guard is nothing to be taken lightly on or off the field. Bowie has played on the varsity level since his freshman year and plans to continue on the collegiate level as well. Bowie's honors not only include being selected to the All-Conference team for football and Best in the West, but also includes his membership with the Key Club, American Youth Council, the YMCA and raking in the top 20 percent of his class or higher since freshman year.

Bowie volunteered as a Leader Club member at the Henderson County Family YMCA for an entire summer with children under his care. "…he exudes leadership when he is around the other teens and exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding and dedicated leader, who possesses personal integrity and a caring attitude," said the Director of Youth and Teen Services, Brandon Winecoff.

Bowie has been known to live life the way he plays football, with everything he has and that is something he lives up to daily. "They say the more you give the more you get and I find that true from my own experience and watching the efforts of my Dad and Mom," said Bowie. In true Bearcat fashion, Bowie displays his school spirit not only on Friday nights suited up in his red and white, but also as he cleans the school and took on the challenge of painting the senior steps. Bowie is still undecided as to which school he will be attending in the fall of 2010.

The 2009 Carolina Panthers Community Captain Class will be recognized during a special on-field ceremony at the Panthers home game versus the New Orleans Saints on January 3rd. 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.

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