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Cam Newton gives back so next generation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. It was hot, unbearably hot. But there was Cam Newton, striding onto the turf field at Revolution Park. The Panthers'franchise quarterback was favoring his left ankle, but he had a reason to be there.Sports matter.MORE: Newton returns to 7-on-7 | Panthers make a wish | McDonald opens up about cancerNo, this wasn't Panthers minicamp, but it had just as much meaning to the city of Charlotte.Newton was the guest presenter as he participated inthe DICK's Sporting Goods Delano Hill Jersey Foundation and itsSports Matter program.The foundation helps to fund more than 180 youth athletic teams from acro s the country through the Sports Matter program. The teams raised more than$2 million over a five-week fundraising campaign, and the DICK's Sporting Goods Foundation matched those efforts, resulting in more than $4 million going directly to youth programs.(Photo by Troy Machir/SN)Newton spent Wednesday morning rehabbing his surgically repairedankle at Panthers' minicamp, and spent the afternoon on thescorching hot field talking about the importance of youth sports. He threw pa ses to the kids on hand, and presented each of the four Charlotte-area youth programs involved in the program with a checkfrom DICK's Sporting Goods.(Photo by Troy Machir/SN)Newton, who began playing organized football when he was 7, Dion Jordan Jersey understands the difficultyprograms have in raising money for team equipment, field expenses and travel."Many times, for us to do things outside of our actual recreation park, we would have to Luke Willson Jersey raise money," he said."Every Saturday morning or Friday afternoon, our coach would push us to come up with some kind of fundraiser. We would stand the corners at a stoplight, or haveteamcar washes, trying to get donations so we could afford, to get new uniforms, new cleats. Those were types of events we kind of took for granted, but our coaches made us rally together."There is a youth sports crisis in America.Dick's Sporting Goods claims that an estimated$3.5 billion was cut from school sports budgets during the 2009-11 school years. According to a 2012joint study by the University of Michigan and the Women's Sports Foundation,27 percentof U.S. public high schools will not have sports by 2020 if the trend continues."Sports impact a lot of people's lives without them even knowing it," Newton continued. "It provides kids with positive energy, and teaches them about teamwork and pushing yourself. I would not be here today without youth sports, so it is important that I give back."The temperature on theRevolution Park turf was approaching 100 degrees. Newton didn't have to be there.But he was.He wants Germain Ifedi Jersey the next generation of athletes to have an opportunity to pursue their dreams, just as he did.Without programs likeSports Matteror the efforts of influential people such as Newton, those dreams may never come to fruition.

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