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Being named Man of the Year finalist earns $250,000 in charitable funding, including $125,000 for Character Playbook

When Greg Olsen was named runner up as the Walter Payton Man of the Year on Saturday, he did more than make all of the Carolinas proud. He also earned $125,000 for the expansion of United Way's Character Playbook initiative with the Carolina Panthers.

character playbookLaunched locally in August 2016, Character Playbook is a new national education initiative that focuses on youth character development and healthy relationships during students' critical middle school years. Olsen's award allows a significant expansion of the initiative across the Carolinas.

Funded by the NFL Foundation and United Way, and powered by EverFi, Character Playbook helps instill the skills that teens and pre-teens need to grow into the leaders they were born to be. The course is comprised of six interactive, digital modules that cover key concepts around positive character development, social-emotional learning, and building healthy relationships.

Like United Way, Greg also fights for the health of everyone in our community - his foundation has supported research for both cancer and heart disease. You can read more about Greg's finalist honors here.

Supported nationally by United Way, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year program is the only NFL award that recognizes a player for his community service as well as his excellence on the field. Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis won the honor two years ago.

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