Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers’ quarterback, surprised a playground full of seventh-grade kids from a community school in Davidson, North Carolina, with an impromptu visit.
But this was no ordinary shake hands, take selfies and be on his way visit.
Apparently, Newton, who was driving by the area, saw one child wearing his jersey and asked a teacher standing nearby if he could jump over the fence and play a game with the kids.
As the NFL player joined the children in their game, the students went beside themselves with excitement and joy.
"Mom, get me, like, a picture," one girl excitedly yelled.
“I saw one girl crying and hyperventilating and when I asked, ‘Sweetheart what’s wrong?’ She said, ‘That was just the best moment of my life,’” teacher Mimi Siadak told WSOC-TV.
This girl's reaction to seeing Cam is everything https://t.co/KKWvVgGLmT— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) April 23, 2016
He then went on to compare bracelets with the kids.
I met cam newton??????k so I was just sitting on the picnic bench during recess and suddenly I look down the field and see a crowd of people and I see some camera people and I'm just like " oh it's just Davidson news or something" but then I hear "it's a celebrity" so I freak out and run down the field and see CAM NEWTON @cameron1newton so I'm like freaking out and so I end up Getting this picture of me and cam with our #livelokai lokais and he's so nice and it would be great if he saw this so tag him it the comments and tag @livelokai #dt #camnewton @cameron1newton @panthers #nfl #fanpage #panthersnation #keeppounding #aceboogie #supercam ???? #chosenewton #SM1LE #like4like #livelokai @livelokai
The enthralled kids wrote notes to Newton thanking him for dropping by and one student expressed her gratitude by writing, “I am in a hard place in my life, because my parents are getting divorced. But to me you are now a symbol of hope and that even when things go bad there is always happiness.”
Newton just gained many more fans with his kindness. His unexpected visit made the children’s day and one teacher said she had to put a lot of effort into getting the students back to class after the football player left.
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