Cam Newton hosted his annual “Cam’s Thanksgiving Jam” on Monday night, feeding nearly 900 underprivileged kids a full Thanksgiving dinner ahead of the holiday.
In addition to turkey and mashed potatoes, the NFL star’s party had a few less traditional aspects, including a dance contest in which kids did their best to recreate Newton’s much-talked about dab celebration.
Newton also addressed some of the controversy around his post-touchdown dancing, saying he is trying to bring the joy the kids are showing onto the field, according to the Charlotte Observer.
“When I see kids doing a dance, whether it’s the Dab, the Nae Nae, the Twist, the Harlem Shake, the list goes on … that type of energy can’t be matched. And that’s what people don’t understand that critique the negativity about it. It puts a smile on my face, and you can’t ask for much more.”
Carolina will try to remain undefeated when it faces the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.
– Brendan Maloy