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Dedication To Community Names Pro Football Hall of Famer, Donnie Shell As Executive Advisor, Sports

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NFL Player Relations Pioneer Joins Fellow NFL Innovator Lamonte Winston In Expanding This Fast Growing And Critical Division For D2C

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - eTradeWire -- Dedication To Community (D2C) today announced the addition of pioneer and innovator in player development and 2020 member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Donnie Shell has joined the foundation as Executive Advisor to their rapidly growing sports division. Shell will join National Director, Sports Division, Lamonte Winston in the proactive efforts to grow relationships between teams, athletes, law enforcement and community of all ages and sizes. Shell, a five time All-Pro selection as part of the legendary "Steel Curtain" defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers, left an even more impactful imprint on player development in professional sports during a 15 year post-playing career with the Carolina Panthers.

"Bringing one of the most respected voices and leaders on and off the field to D2C is an honor, and a privilege, as Donnie's trailblazing work, not just with athletes but with community leaders, is unparalleled," D2C Founder M. Quentin Williams said. "Pairing him with Lamonte and others who have built a reputation for excellence well beyond a field or a court is a dream come true for us as a service provider, and that combination is already paying dividends with action and engagement, which is needed much more than talk, not just now but well into the future."

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"We are at a critical point in our culture where we must increase and amplify the good work done by athletes in the community, and D2C's mission, especially tied to the inclusive listening and interaction with law enforcement, is essential to the process," Shell said. "I am eager and excited to work again with Lamonte Winston and the rest of the team Q. Williams is building to proactively build relationships that may be damaged, and there is no better way than by having teams and athletes of all walks of life be part of this program."

Shell was named to five consecutive Pro Bowl teams as a member of the Steelers, led the team in tackles in both 1982 and 1984, and was the leading tackler in the Steelers secondary for six consecutive years (1981-1986). His 51 career interceptions rank him third in Steelers history, behind Hall of Famer Mel Blount (57) and Jack Butler (52), and his 19 opponent fumble recoveries are just behind Hall of Famer Jack Ham (21) as a second-best performance by a Steeler. A durable player, Shell is tied for second most seasons played behind only Hall of Fame center Mike Webster.

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Donnie served as the director of the Panthers' player development program from 1994 to 2009.


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