Colorado Shooting Hits Home for Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers


Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers has taken July 20th shooting in Colorado to heart as his son was at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Returns" in Charlotte. Smith has decided to contribute $100,000 to go toward the medical expenses of the survivors of the attack.

This tragic event has hit home prompting Smith to attempt to do something to help.

"I can't imagine getting someone severely injured, one, and then, two, trying to figure out how to pay for it," Smith said at Panthers training camp.

The cash has gone straight to the city of Aurora and will be given to the victims from there.

Smith is no stranger to giving to charitable causes but this time he asked his agent to do a press release in hopes that others would follow use their positions to direct attention and more aid toward the aftermath of the shooting.

"Economic times are tough right now and (my family) has the means to do it," Smith said. "We have a chance to lead and hopefully other people will see that. People get prideful and say, `Hey, this guy did that. Why don't I do more?' ... I don't think it's a publicity job, I think it's a chance for people to think about what are you here for? Are you here to store up your treasures or are you going to give it to people who are obviously in need?"

At training camp on Friday, Smith was sporting a beard and a hat which said "I love my life."

"I do love my life," Smith said. "All of the people that are going through some of the things they're going through, sometimes you need a perspective."

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