Cam Newton donates $150K to three middle schools

Due to his on-field demeanor, Cam Newton’s been labeled many things, with “immature” being the most prevalent word thrown around.

Though, one thing you can’t call him is uncharitable.

Per the Charlotte Business-Journal, the Panthers quarterback, through his foundation, has kicked off a student initiative program with a $150,000 donation to three Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.

Bradley, Randolph and Thomasboro Academy middle schools will each receive $50,000, and the funds will be used to “develop customized programs aimed at enhancing the cultural environment, increasing student achievement, boosting student engagement and advancing health and wellness as part of the Cam Newton Foundation’s School Pride Program.”

The Charlotte Observer featured this story, detailing how Newton personally visited schools in desperate need of renovations. Randolph Middle’s gym only seats a crammed 450 people, but Newton wants more room for students to “yell and scream” and for kids to be kids.

“You come to grips with what’s important … I want to continually let my impact grow on this community,” Newton says.

Newton has been criticized by fans, media and teammates alike, much of it well deserved. However, this gesture — completely on his own accord — will make a huge impact for thousands of current and future students.

Real life always comes before football, and helping improve the quality of education for the area’s youth trumps anything he does or doesn’t do on the gridiron.

(Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Zack Kelberman
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