Last year, Newton fed 800 kids at the event. Apparently, he took a look around and thought, "What's 400 more?" In addition to the food, there will be plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy. The gossip website reports that the Jam will have "games, music, face painting, and balloon artists." Newton himself will be on hand to serve food and greet fans. And everyone gets leftovers on the way out the door, too.
"I vowed to myself that if I get put in my position—there’s never enough things that you can do for a community. So nights like tonight are important to me and will forever be important to me,” Newton said at last year's Jam. “For this to be important to me and knowing what I mean to so many people in Charlotte, I just want to do right by them. More than just winning football games, but making myself available as a servant.”
While Newton might be a notoriously brash trash-talker on the field, off the field, he's lent his name and time to charitable causes. He's hosted the Thanksgiving Jam for 7 straight years and shows no signs of stopping.
Newton also runs his own foundation dedicated to helping children in need and frequently hosts play days to get underprivileged children out and moving. His Twitter feed is full of calls for fundraising drives and pictures of kids he's helping.