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USPS, NFL team huddle to score passports

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Cardetta Card, a Charlotte, NC, passport acceptance clerk, shows Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton his photo at the recent passport fair in Charlotte, NC.

The Carolina Panthers will travel to London this fall for a big game — and its members are counting on the Postal Service to help get them there.

The NFL team’s first-ever international trip will be to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for an away game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 13.

To prepare for the trip, the Panthers asked USPS to hold a passport fair at Bank of America Stadium, the team’s home turf in Charlotte, NC.

Passports are an important part of the Postal Service’s business. Post Offices accepted more than 6.8 million passport applications during the previous fiscal year, generating $204.6 million in revenue.

During the Charlotte fair, three passport acceptance clerks — Bernard Hugee, Debby Kotler and Cardetta Card, along with Customer Services Supervisor Regina Johnson-Irvin and employees from the U.S. State Department — processed 23 new applications and 20 renewals.

Employees also snapped a few selfies with Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton and tight end Greg Olsen.

Said Johnson-Irvin: “It was a great event. Everyone was so nice, and they appreciated the personal service.”

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