No longer will a Cam Newton touchdown result in just six points on the scoreboard and a ball in the hands of a young fan.
Through the Cam Newton Foundation, fans have the opportunity to pledge a specific amount of money for each rushing and passing touchdown by the Carolina Panthers starting quarterback in the 2013 regular season. The money will impact youth and education in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system and area.
The program, dubbed the “Super Cam Club,” gives fans the ability to pledge either $5, $10, $50 or $250 per touchdown. There’s a ‘Pick Your Game’ option where fans can select up to four games, or a season pass option for all 16 regular season games.
“It’s another outlet for me to reach out to my fans to just make everything interesting,” Newton said in a recent interview with the Observer. “I think this club gives that fan the awareness of following my statistics and just be a part of it. Scoring, rushing touchdown and passing touchdowns.
“I’m not bending nobody’s arm to say watch our games and donate money, but I think it’s a fun opportunity so I can be hands-on with my fans and it goes to an unbelievable cause of giving back to the community, giving back to schools and just outlets for the things I want to do and give back to community and enable it.”
Last year, Newton accounted for 27 touchdowns – 19 passing and eight rushing. Should one on a season pass pledge the highest amount that would amount to $6,750. Last year, the foundation donated more than $200,000 to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools through its School Pride Program, according to a press release.
Newton is one of a number of Panthers with charity organizations. Coach Ron Rivera does charity events through the Ronald McDonald House, wide receiver Steve Smith works with Samaritan’s Feet, linebacker Thomas Davis has his Defending Dreams Foundation and tight end Greg Olsen donates to the HEARTest Yard through his foundation and tackle Jordan Gross puts on an annual kickball event to raise money for cystic fibrosis.
For more information on the Super Cam Club or to sign up, visit camnewtonfoundation.com/super-cam-club.
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