Panthers TE Greg Olsen Donates $2.5M to Pediatric Cardiac Center

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2019

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 25: Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers looks on against the Seattle Seahaws in the second quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen continues to use his platform to give back.

On Tuesday, the Atrium Health Foundation announced the Greg Olsen Foundation had donated $2.5 million "to help build a next-generation pediatric cardiovascular and congenital heart outpatient clinic" at Levine Children's Hospital. Per the website, it marks the largest contribution ever from Olsen's foundation to the hospital.

"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," Levine Children's president Stacy Nicholson, MD, said.

Nancy Dobrolet, MD, called the new clinic a "game-changer for the children of the Carolinas."

Olsen took to social media to further spread awareness:

Greg Olsen @gregolsen88

Kara and I are honored to play a small role in assuring all children in our community have access to world class healthcare. We are excited to expand our reach at The HEARTest Yard and champion a new Cardiac Center ⁦@LevineChildrens⁩ #halveaheart https://t.co/OeqeRB7g9a

Greg Olsen @gregolsen88

We feel privileged to be in a position to make this impact for children like Jacob and countless others who will come through this clinic #halveaheart https://t.co/4rkQp5K0pN

This is just the latest charitable act by the 34-year-old NFL star.

Olsen and his wife, Kara, established the HEARTest Yard initiative back in 2012, according to the Atrium Health Foundation website. The purpose was to focus on the "home health care for children with congenital heart disease."

The Olsens' HEARTest Yard Fund donated $750,000 in November 2017 to create a cardiac neurodevelopmental program at the Carolinas Medical Center. After raising $10,000 in the Man of the Year Charity Challenge in January 2018, Olsen donated an additional $15,000 to Levine Children's for a total of $25,000 to the cause.

Olsen is a two-time Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award finalist.