CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton kicked off his foundation to help children in the Carolinas Thursday.

The Panthers quarterback hosted an event for Charlotte s philanthropic leaders at The Fillmore. His mother and father spoke to the crowd about their family s desire to help the pro bowler s newly adopted home.

The Cam Newton Foundation operates under the motto Everyone Matters. The Foundation is set up to benefit children in the Carolinas by partnering with other established non-profits.

Although Newton focused on charity most of the night, he did take time to answer questions about being a finalist for the Madden game cover. Urban legend suggests players who grace the video game's cover are cursed the following season with poor play, but Newton doesn t believe it.

I played video games as a kid, especially Madden. I am excited to hear my name around it. I will be happy if I get it, but I will still be happy even if I don t because it s an honor to even be mentioned in the running, said Newton.

Newton said he hopes to become a more active and visible Charlotte resident during his second NFL season with the Panthers.

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