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Panthers star Greg Olsen donates $2.5 million to pediatric cardiac center

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen takes his philanthropic endeavors very seriously and has been nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award before. He upped his game recently making a $2.5 million donation to a place very near and dear to his heart.

Olsen and his wife through the Greg Olsen Foundation made a $2.5 million donation to help establish the HEARTest Yard Pediatric Cardiac Center in Charlotte. The funds donated will be used towards a  pediatric cardiovascular and congenital heart outpatient clinic. This is the largest gift that the center has received in its history.

Olsen said he is honored to be able to play a small role in making sure that people in his community receive world-class healthcare.

“Kara and I are honored to play a small role in assuring all children in our community have access to world-class healthcare,” Olsen wrote on Twitter. “We are excited to expand our reach at The HEARTest Yard and champion a new Cardiac Center.”

Olson’s son has a congenital heart defect and the couple started the initiative in 2012 to help other kids who are going through similar situations.

“While most know Greg Olsen as a Pro Bowl tight end for the Carolina Panthers, we at Levine Children’s know him and his wife, Kara, as visionary leaders and champions for pediatric congenital heart disease,” Dr. Stacy Nicholson, president of Levine Children’s, said in a press release via Pro Football Talk.

This is another feel-good story of an NFL player doing good in the community.