If you saw a guy riding a horse through Greenwood Saturday, you were probably wondering what he was doing riding through the streets of small town in the middle of a huge barbecue festival.
The man on the horse was Greenwood Native and Carolina Panthers defensive back Josh Norman. The reason he was on the horse was to invite kids out to his Second Annual Family Fun Day.
“We’ve got to round up some kids to come out here and have a good time,” Norman said as he galloped up to the Brewer Community Complex on one of his 13 horses. “I love having the chance to give back to my home town and I love seeing kids having a good time.”
More than 300 kids came out to the Brewer Community Complex to enjoy water slides, a dunking booth, an inflatable obstacle course, bouncy houses, food and, of course, horse rides. This is the second Family Fun Day hosted by Norman as part of his nonprofit organization Starz24.
“My brothers and I stayed out of trouble because we always had something to do,” Norman said. “If I can help even one kid stay out of trouble by giving them something positive to do then it’s all worth it.”
Norman and Starz24 have been active in Greenwood and throughout South Carolina and North Carolina since he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Norman has hosted two celebrity basketball games and a children’s fashion show in addition to the two Family Fun Days. That trend will continue, according to Norman, who says his goal is to build a community center in Greenwood.
“We’re going to keep going every year,” Norman said. “As long as I have the opportunity to give back to the community I’m going to continue doing it. This is what it’s all about: family, food, friends and kids having fun.”