The NFL Players Association announced on Friday that Panthers punter Johnny Hekker has been named their Community MVP for this week.
Hekker hosted a pair of events this week for kids in the Charlotte area. Hekker hosted a shopping spree for 30 kids from the Matthews Police Activities League on December 5 that saw each kid receive a gift card for sports gear and enjoy a dinner provided by Hekker.
On December 6, Hekker teamed with the Special Olympics to take 30 more kids for a day of bowling, pizza, and other activities.
“I can’t thank the organizations we have been able to partner with enough,” Hekker said in a statement. “Their impact on the community is far-reaching beyond the few events we have been able to host.”
The NFLPA will donate $10,000 to a foundation or charity of Hekker’s choice. He’ll also join the other weekly winners in being eligible for the Alan Page Community Award at the end of the season.