Drip. Swag. Sauce. These are the words that have come to define Cam Newton’s signature style. They are also the words he used to describe the new teen centers at four area Boys & Girls Clubs.
“This is Boogie-Approved,” he said, standing in the new teen center at the Marsh Club. This, of course, is a reference to his nickname, Ace-Boogie.
In partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement and the Cam Newton Foundation, teens at the Clubs were able to design their own teen spaces. And, volunteers from Lowe’s made it happen. The Cam Newton Foundation added 10 laptops and Beats products for each Club as well.
The transformation is unbelievable, as the Clubs at Marsh Road, Milton Road, Belmont Avenue and Dillehay Courts, now have inviting spaces they can be proud of. Each location now has new paint, lighting, modern accessories, storage bins and more.
On Nov. 12, the teens were able to reveal their designs and show them to Cam Newton at an event at our Marsh Road Club.
And, Cam was impressed, giving his seal of approval. He also took the time to give a few words of encouragement to the kids at the Club.
“Remember the power of dreaming,” he told them. “I wouldn’t be where I am without dreaming. Don’t let anybody tell you what you can’t do. And, surround yourself with positive influences. I hope you are always motivated to be better.”
Positive influences and motivation is exactly what kids receive at the Boys & Girls Clubs. And, occasional inspiration from influential people like Cam Newton.
“I’m one of the most influential people in Charlotte, and I don’t take that lightly,” Cam said. “I remember seeing David Justice (in Atlanta) and it inspired me.”
He felt that if he could see someone like David Justice (former Atlanta Braves star), he could accomplish his dreams too. Now, he gets the opportunity to be a spark in kids’ lives.
His message for our Club teens was simple: appreciate what you have in these new teen centers and don’t take them for granted.
“I didn’t have a Club around my area. For me, it was the local park where I could connect with my friends and hang out. Don’t take this for granted, having a place after school that is a refuge.”
Now, the teens can really see there spaces as a refuge.
Thank you to Lowe’s Home Improvement and the Cam Newton Foundation for making this possible.