Panthers TE Greg Olsen Donates Millions To Pediatric Cardiac Center
Greg Olsen continues to prove that he can deliver on and off the field.
The Carolina Panthers tight end foundation donated a whopping $2.5 million to the Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. All of his funds will be allocated to a pediatric cardiovascular and congenital heart outpatient clinic.
His donation is said to be the largest The HEARTest Yard Pediatric Cardiac Center at Levine Children’s Hospital has received.
“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.”
“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.
The Olsens own son has a congenital heart defect, which prompted them to start the HEARTest Yard initiative in 2012.
“This new center will be a game changer for the children of the Carolinas,” said Nancy Dobrolet, MD, director of the cardiac neurodevelopmental clinic. “Thanks to the Olsens, and their many supporters, we provide the best comprehensive cardiac care in the country for young heart patients.”