“There’s a misconception about the homeless,” Ace says. “People think they’re all crazy.”
Ace’s picture isn’t an unfamiliar one. Though he now calls himself an ex-Panthers’ fan, his notable gameday look earned him fan fame in the Observer, on ESPN and in Sports Illustrated.
Ace learned about The King’s Kitchen & Bakery while watching the Food Network years ago, before he found himself needing just the help that the restaurant offered. But, when Ace became homeless this past February, he remembered the feature, found the restaurant, and has been attending Sunday church services since then. “The people here take action to help people, and they follow through on what they promise.”
“Life doesn’t stop just because you’re homeless,” he says. “I’ve seen 31 concerts, 3 NASCAR races, a couple of dirt track races and 30-40 Knights’ games since being homeless.”
The next time you’re at a concert or a game in Charlotte, and you see a smiling face cheering enthusiastically from outside of the stadium or holding a sign saying, “Broke Knights fan, need ticket,” say hello to Ace. And cheer him on.