When Harding University High in Charlotte captured the North Carolina Class 4A football title it was a breakthrough. The school hadn’t won a state football title in 64 years and badly wanted to celebrate, but the student athletes couldn’t afford the $400 rings traditionally used to commemorate the accomplishment.
Cue Thomas Davis.
As reported by the Charlotte Observer, among other outlets, the Panthers linebacker stepped up Friday and donated $15,000 to cover the remainder of $20,000 tag needed to pay for the rings after $5,000 was raised by a GoFundMe campaign.
Davis’ gesture was just the capper to a remarkable, too-good-to-be-true story of Harding’s season. The Rams won 14 games in 2017. The won just two in 2015.
The 2017 title campaign was the team’s first winning season in a decade. The team practices on a baseball field because it doesn’t have access to a football field on campus, and had it’s uniforms donated before the 2015 season by a church.
All those obstacles just set the backdrop for Harding’s remarkable title, which was captured with a 30-22 victory against Scotland.
Now the entire team will get to remember it with a shiny permanent memento, and they have an NFL linebacker to thank for it