Every year, people will gather at the Thanksgiving table, exchange pleasantries, and hope Aunt Marie didn’t overcook the turkey again. For others, they don’t have the chance to celebrate as the November holiday comes and goes. Thankfully, there are people who can provide that opportunity and dish out a ton of holiday spirit in the process.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player back in 2015 and will be remembered as a once-in-a-generation talent on the football field. Still, Cam Newton is human, and he doesn’t let the spotlight prevent him from fulfilling a greater purpose. At the 7th Annual “Cam’s Thanksgiving Jam,” Newton will provide a full-blown holiday party for 1,200 kids and their families.
First reported by TMZ, Cam’s Thanksgiving tradition is back once again, but this time the three-time Pro Bowl selection is taking it one step further — After typically feeding somewhere around 800 kids every year, there will be an additional 400 underprivileged children and their families joining the Panthers superstar for his yearly event.
Along with members of his family, Newton hosts the party with some help from the Second Harvest Food Bank to feed everyone and offer a great time for so many families.
Of course, Newton helps serve the food himself and chat with everyone as they grab a plate, but that’s not where the generosity stops. In addition to dinner, each family is given a take-home turkey to celebrate in their own homes, as well.
Known for his Superman celebration, the 6-foot-5 Heisman Trophy winner and Auburn University graduate happens to be pretty light on his feet, too — He’ll host a dance party afterwards and even sets aside time for a full-blown dance off.
Thanksgiving isn’t Cam’s only venture into charitable organizations either. The Cam Newton Foundation addresses “socioeconomic, educational, physical and emotional needs” of young people in the Charlotte and Atlanta areas, “Kicking It With Cam” is Newton’s celebrity kickball tournament to raise money for charity in the summer, and he remains an avid participant with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in his eighth professional season.
Seeing an NFL player give back is incredible, but it says something about Cam Newton’s character to see him go to such lengths during the holiday season. He’s taken Carolina to a Super Bowl and is in the midst of a career best year throwing the football in 2018 — His 67.3-percent completion percentage would shatter his best in a single season.
Regardless of how his football career ends, Newton has a bright future as a public servant to the North Carolina and Georgia region with incredible events like this.