Cam Newton buying Thanksgiving dinner for 1,200 underprivileged families

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The idea that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is somehow a diva and full of himself has been tossed aside in recent seasons. Since joining Carolina, the former NFL MVP has been a mainstay within the local community.

Time after time, we’ve seen Newton go out of his way to help those in need. Now, as we prepare for the holiday season, Super Cam is upping the ante here.

The quarterback will be hosting his seventh annual “Cam’s Thanksgiving Jam” later this month and will provide full-course dinners to 1,200 underprivileged local families. It tops out the 800 he hosted last year.

In addition to the food, children and their families will be able to play a ton of games, listen to music and get their face painted. The party will also be flush with balloon artists.

“For this to be important to me and knowing what I mean to so many people in Charlotte, I just want to do right by them, more than just winning football games and making myself available as a servant,” Newton said prior to last year’s event, via AL.com.

Stories such as these are prevalent around the football world during the holiday season. Unfortunately, they get lost in all the other news surrounding the NFL.

For Newton, it’s apparent that he’s all about giving back to the local Carolina community. And in the process, he’s helping countless families enjoy the holidays. That’s just great stuff.