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Minter and Rucker to serve as Ambassadors for 49er Football

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Prominent Community Leaders to Quarterback Charlotte 49ers Football Fundraising Capital Campaign

Fundraising Team Also Includes a Trio of Distinguished UNC Charlotte Alumni

Charlotte, N.C. -- Influential community leaders Mac Everett, Johnny Harris and Gene Johnson will lead the Charlotte 49ers Football Fundraising Capital Campaign, the university announced at a press conference, Tuesday afternoon. The powerful team also includes a trio of UNC Charlotte alumni who are chief financial officers at three major corporations.

In addition, the 49ers introduced three other UNC Charlotte alumni as executive chairs: David Hauser, chief financial officer for Duke Energy Corporation, Bob Hull, chief financial officer for Lowe’s Companies, Inc., and Joe Price, chief financial officer for Bank of America Corporation.

Former Carolina Panthers standouts Mike Minter and Mike Rucker have signed on as campaign ambassadors.

“We have a great opportunity to make history,” said UNC Charlotte Chancellor Dr. Phil Dubois. “We have an opportunity to bring our campus and our community together like never before. We have assembled a leadership team that combines an array of community and business leaders and influential alumni.”

Everett and Harris have played major roles in Charlotte’s sports landscape for many years. Everett has been involved with the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission and the Charlotte Bobcats as well as the Wachovia Championship. Harris, a member of the Carolina Panthers ownership group and president of Quail Hollow Club, played a key role in founding the Wachovia Championship and landing the ACC football championship and 1994 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in Charlotte.

“Everybody’s in the game,” said 49ers Director of Athletics Judy Rose. “We understand that adding football will impact more than the 49ers athletic department and more than UNC Charlotte. This is about Charlotte -- and it will take the vision and support of departmental, university and community leaders to insure success. This is just the beginning, but history is in the air.”

After nearly two years of study and research, Dubois made his recommendation to add football to the university Board of Trustees on Sept. 18, 2008 and the Board of Trustees passed the recommendation without opposition in its vote, Nov. 13, 2008. The Charlotte 49ers expect to field a football team in 2013.

For more information, visit www.charlotte49erfootball.com.

Charlotte 49ers Football Fundraising Committee

Leadership Bios

Mike Minter – Ambassador

Former Panthers safety Mike Minter retired in August 2007 after earning the respect of his teammates and opponents during a career that spanned a full decade. The second-round draft pick out of Nebraska set a number of Carolina franchise records on the field while being awarded the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2005 for his community service work off the field. He is now the head of football operations at First Assembly Christian School in Concord, N.C. and the Head Coach of their High School football team. Mike also is the principal/partner of several successful business ventures via Minter Enterprises and spent time on the air as a college football analyst with ESPNU in 2008.

Mike Rucker – Ambassador

A native of St. Joseph, Missouri, Mike Rucker played nine seasons in the National Football League, all with the Carolina Panthers. Before appearing in a Super Bowl with the Panthers in 2003, Rucker was a part of three national championship teams at Nebraska in 1994, 1995 and 1997. By the time his career ended at Nebraska, Rucker ranked among the top 10 players in Husker history in both sacks and tackles for loss. Rucker, along with teammates Stephen Davis and Mike Minter, and former teammate Muhsin Muhammad, are co-founders of Ruckus House, a child development and learning facility. One of Rucker’s long-term goals for Ruckus House is to get one in every city which has an NFL team. Mike retired from the Carolina Panthers after the 2007 season and got back into college football as a broadcast analyst for ESPNU this past season. Stephen Davis, born March 1, 1974, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is a running back for the Carolina Panthers.

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