Carolina Panthers’ linebacker Luke Kuechly will sign autographs and greet fans at a “Kick Off the Draft” event on May 3, hosted by the Uncle Bob’s Self Storage at 7209 Wallace Lane in Charlotte, N.C. Kuechly will sign provided photographs from 1:30 to 3 p.m. No memorabilia will be permitted.
The event, one week before the NFL draft, enables fans to meet a player familiar with the process. Kuechly was the ninth overall pick during the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. “The draft process can be a stressful time, but once you hear your name called it’s a dream come true. I wish the incoming draft class the best of luck,” Kuechly said.
The event will also feature other sport-themed attractions including an inflatable football toss and a 30-foot obstacle course. Papa John’s will provide pizza and other refreshments. Prizes will be given to fans at a game tent sponsored by pop radio station Kiss 95.1.
“Luke is not only an elite athlete but also an exemplary member of the community," said Ron Kuhn, area manager for Uncle Bob’s Charlotte facilities. “We are thrilled he’s coming by our store, and we know the fans will enjoy everything the event has to offer. We’re looking forward to a fun day with our Charlotte friends and family.”
Kuechly was named the 2012 Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year and the 2013 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year. He was awarded the Lott IMPACT Trophy in 2011 for athletic achievements and community engagement while attending Boston College. Kuechly is the spokesperson for Project Life, an organization dedicated to registering college students for bone marrow donations.
Uncle Bob’s Self Storage is owned by Sovran Self Storage Inc., a real estate investment trust that acquires and manages self-storage facilities. The company operates more than 475 facilities in 25 states, including nine in the Charlotte area.