Cam Newton gives back to community with heartwarming gift for Special Olympics athletes

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did a really cool thing for some special kids Thursday.

The Pro Bowl signal caller took 17 children, all Special Olympics athletes, on a shopping spree at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Atlanta.

The athletes, all between the ages of 5 and 18, are from the Atlanta area, where Newton grew up and lives in the offseason.

TMZ Sports reported that Newton shelled out $3,400 at Dick’s, giving each of the 17 kids $200 to spend on whatever athletic gear they wanted.

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Helping kids is not unusual for Newton.

His Cam Newton Foundation is committed to enhancing the lives of young people by addressing their educational, physical and social needs.

Through his foundation, Newton has given away more than $100,000 in cash, food and gifts to families in need, according to the Charlotte Observer.

He has done these types of shopping sprees in the past, as well as other events aimed at helping kids.

Last Christmas, and every Christmas, Newton dons a Santa suit and hops aboard Santa Cam’s Surprise Sleigh. He visits elementary schools, senior centers, food banks and other places, giving away thousands of dollars in gift cards to families in need, the Observer reported.

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In a league tainted with negative stories related to anthem protests, domestic violence and other untoward off-the-field issues, it’s refreshing to see stories of NFL players giving back to their communities.

Kudos to Newton for having a positive impact on these kids.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
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