D espite the worries of some that he’ll one day skip town for a bigger city, Cam Newton has fulfilled his promise to put down roots in Charlotte. The Panthers’ quarterback is involved in a number of local charitable efforts, and one event in particular is already showing some potential for big growth.
Last summer, 16 teams from North Carolina and South Carolina competed. This year, the tournament has expanded to 24 teams from the Carolina’s, plus Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Participating schools include:
Amherst, Anderson, Blythewood, Butler, Charlotte Catholic, Dorman, Forestview, Friendship Public Charter, Harding, Hough, Kings Mountain, Lancaster, Myers Park, Nation Ford, Newton Conover, Olympic, Phillip O’Berry, Providence Day, Shelby, South Mecklenburg, South Pointe, Victory Christian, Washington and White Knoll.
The top three teams will split a $5,000 pot, with the prize money earmarked as a donation to each school’s football equipment fund.
Over the last few weeks, Newton has hosted similar tournaments in Atlanta and Birmingham. Next month, he’s bringing the best together. The top two teams from each regional, plus three wildcards, will meet in the inaugural 7 v 7 Championship Tournament in Fort Mill, SC.
If you’re interested in checking out this week’s tournament, you can. It’s a chance to see Newton in one of his most-engaging environments — working with young athletes. There’s a decent chance he’ll deliver a good motivation speech or two as well.
Games will start between 9:30 and 10 a.m. both days. Admission is $3, with all proceeds benefitting the Cam Newton Foundation.
Video From the CNF’s 2013 7 v 7 Tournament
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