Kawann Short of the Carolina Panthers has partnered with Athletes for Charity, Communities in Schools of East Chicago, HealthLinc and the East Chicago Fire and Police Departments to create academic incentives to benefit the youth of East Chicago, IN.

Short was born and raised in East Chicago and attended local public schools in the city. He played both football and basketball at Central High School and went on to pursue his education at Purdue University where he majored in Technology Leadership & Innovation. As a Boilermaker, Short was a first-team All-Big Ten Conference selection in 2011 and 2012, and received second-team All-American honors from the Associated Press in 2012.

Short was drafted by the Panthers in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL Draft. During his rookie year, Short played in all 16 regular season games. He recorded 30 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1.5 sacks, and tied for second on the team with 21 quarterback pressures.

Kawann Short has recently launched a Youth Literacy Project to deliver books and academic incentives to children in need of some encouragement when it comes to reading and academic achievement.