Annual Panthers tradition goes virtual with costume fashion and variety show
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers 2021 rookie class surprised children at Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital and the Jeff Gordon Children’s Center Tuesday with a live-streamed show designed to bring Halloween fun to pediatric patients who may not have the opportunity to experience a traditional Halloween this year.
“Now in its 17th year, the Halloween Rookie Spooktacular is a fun annual tradition that continues to create joy and smiles for patients and families at Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital and Jeff Gordon Children’s Center,” said Panthers director of community relations Riley Fields. “Although current guidelines prevented an in-person Halloween event, the Panthers rookie class was still able to directly interact and entertain children through a live-streamed show in partnership with the hospital’s Seacrest Studios.”
The show, hosted by Panthers team reporter Kristen Balboni and fourth-year defensive end Marquis Haynes, was broadcast from the Carolina Panthers television studio and streamed to all rooms in Levine Children’s Hospital through the hospital’s Seacrest Studios. Players showed off Halloween costumes in a fashion contest and competed in Minute-to-Win It-style games.
Pediatric patients served as judges for the show and selected winners in key categories. The children awarded Best Runway Walk to Phil Hoskins, Best Costume Story to Chuba Hubbard, Boo Award for Halloween Spirit to Dayvion Nixon, and Best in Show to Tommy Tremble.
Here is a list of the Panthers players and their costumes:
- Deonte Brown as The Great Pumpkin
- Spencer Brown as Scooby Doo
- Brady Christensen as Top Banana
- Thomas Fletcher as Ghostbuster
- Chuba Hubbard as Woody
- Jaycee Horn as Red Power Ranger
- Phil Hoskins as Coolest Clown in Town
- Terrace Marshall as Minion
- Daviyon Nixon as Superman
- Keith Taylor, Jr. as Spiderman
- Tommy Tremble as Mr. Incredible