CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On the day after he led the Carolina Panthers to a huge win over the Patriots, quarterback Cam Newton spent Tuesday afternoon with kids from three Charlotte-area schools.
Newton awarded students from Collinswood Language Academy, Reid Park Academy and the Berryhill School with a $25,000 prize for each school.
The awards from the Cam Newton Foundation are designed to encourage school spirit and student achievement.
“We felt these schools presented the best qualifications, and that is why we chose them,” said Newton.
For nearly an hour, the Panthers quarterback had kids up and dancing and just having a good time with him.
“If you represent North Carolina, I want myself to be someone that you say, ‘I know that guy,’ and be proud,” Newton said.
Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Dr. Heath Morrison, noted that Newton’s appearance with the kids followed one of the biggest games of his career.
“Someone said, ‘Well what if they lose. Is he still going to come?’ I said whether they won last night or lost, and thank goodness they won, I know Cam Newton was going to show up today,” Morrison stated.
The principal of Collinswood said the $25,000 the school was awarded would go towards upgrading fitness equipment, and for new books on wellness.
“This year our school is using the theme of ‘heroes’, and Cam Newton was definitely one of our heroes today,” said Nicolette Grant.
The one who seemed to have the best time and get the most out of the afternoon was the star quarterback himself.
“I gave them something, but more than they could ever know or understand, they gave me something as well,” Newton said.