Tuesday November 24th, 2015

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.

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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.”

The Panthers quarterback’s own foundation works with the Second Harvest Food Bank for the event, which began in 2013.

Carolina will try to remain undefeated when it faces the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.

– Brendan Maloy

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