On Tuesday, Cam Newton could be found in a tunnel awaiting his name to be called with fog and fans eagerly anticipating his big entrance. Only this time it wasn’t in any stadium it was in the Randolph Middle School gymnasium in Charlotte. His mission: inspiring kids from three middle schools in the area. With his foundation, The Cam Newton Foundation, and in partnership with EA Sports and the Carolina Panthers, Cam donated $150,000 to the schools, $50,000 each as part of the School Pride Program.
Cam was his charismatic self again, and all smiles as he promoted school spirit and helped kids learn the importance of education by talking about his favorite subjects and teachers. His main goal was to help kids learn the importance of school pride, of representing your school the best that you can through participation. As the quarterback for the Randolph football team put it when asked what makes his school different than the rest he replied, “We got swag.” Newton believes that school pride is on the decline since when he was in grade school, and believes that this could also lead to a decline in students’ school production.
Cam might not as productive as last season on the gridiron but it’s for reasons like this that the Panthers invested their time and money into him. A role model like this can really have an impact on younger people who look to emulate his actions and character. It’s exciting to see athletes give back to their communities, and Cam is an All-Pro in that category.
In other news, several Panthers players and cheerleaders visited the military at Fort Jackson to pay their respects and also give thanks following Veteran’s Day. Not enough can be said about all the efforts these men and women make to defend our country and freedom so it’s nice to see them getting the attention they deserve.