For Immediate Release
November 22, 2018
Media Contact: Brandon Parker | Communications Manager
Brandon.Parker@nflpa.com | 202-756-9160
CAM NEWTON NAMED WEEK 11 NFLPA COMMUNITY MVP
Carolina quarterback hosted Thanksgiving dinner for more than 1,200 underprivileged kids
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cam Newton has been named Week 11 NFLPA Community MVP after serving a Thanksgiving meal to more than 1,200 underprivileged kids and some of their family members at his seventh annual “Cam’s Thanksgiving Jam.” He also provided a full second Thanksgiving meal for the attendees to prepare at home.
“I always want to use my influence in a positive way [and] that can take a variety of shapes through my foundation and our programs,” Newton said. “I’ve been blessed with fortunate circumstances and want to share hope with as many people as I can. I’m adamant about using my influence for good.”
The Nov. 19 event took place at Topgolf Charlotte, where Newton was joined by family members and volunteers in hosting the largest group ever served at one of the Cam Newton Foundation’s hallmark programs. Along with the meal, participants were able to enjoy face painting, a live DJ, games, arts, crafts and unlimited golf.
The kids in attendance were pulled from groups within the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina’s Kids Café Program, which connects the food bank with non-profit agencies that serve at-risk children.
“Just to think, we feed upwards of 1,200 kids and families and there’s still people that’s still hungry,” Newton said at his event, which surpassed last year’s mark of 800 kids. “You just can’t do enough.”
The Carolina Panthers quarterback works to do his part through The Cam Newton Foundation, which is committed to enhancing the lives of young people by addressing their socioeconomic, educational, physical and emotional needs. Under the theme “Every 1 Matters,” each of the foundation’s programs falls under one of three campaigns: Every 1 Learns, Every 1 Plays and Every 1 Gives.
To date, more than $3.5 million has been spent and distributed through programming, financial contributions and in-kind donations. Also, more than 12,000 student-athletes have been impacted by Every 1 Plays initiatives, which focus on high school football development, character building and mentoring. And after Monday’s event, the Cam Newton Foundation has now fed or provided help for more than 11,150 youth during the holiday seasons.
In honor of Newton being named this week’s Community MVP, the NFLPA will make a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or charity of choice along with an in-kind donation to him on behalf of our supporting partner Delta Private Jets. A limited-edition bobblehead will also be made of Newton and sold by our supporting partner Forever Collectibles at www.sportsfanisland.comand www.foco.com. The NFLPA will donate part of the proceeds from this collector’s item to their charity or foundation of choice.
The NFLPA is also proud to partner with Life is Good, the original positive lifestyle apparel brand, to showcase athletes whose values align with the brand’s commitment to growing the good in their communities and helping those in need. In January 2019, Life is Good will further advance the MVPs’ worthy causes with theLife is Good x NFLPA commemorative T-shirt collection at LifeisGood.com and Fanatics.com. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to each player’s charity or foundation of choice.
Newton, along with the other 2018 Community MVPs, will become eligible for this year’s Alan Page Community Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player.
The NFLPA Community MVP program recognizes NFL players who are making a positive impact in their local communities. Each week during the regular season, the NFLPA will celebrate one NFL player who has demonstrated a commitment to giving back to his community. Please visitour websiteto read more about the program as well as the current and past winners.
2018 NFLPA Community MVP winners*:
Week 0: Tyrann Mathieu, Houston Texans
Week 1: Melvin Gordon, L.A. Chargers
Week 2: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 3: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 4: Damon Harrison, New York Giants
Week 5: Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Week 6: Kelvin Beachum, New York Jets
Week 7:Devin & Jason McCourty, New England Patriots
Week 8: Kareem Jackson, Houston Texans
Week 9: Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks
Week 10:Andrew Whitworth, L.A. Rams
*Teams listed indicate player’s club when he was honored
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