CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Carolina Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton, is launching a pilot program focused on diversity.
Through the Cam Newton Foundation, the athlete is hosting a three-day program in January that targets middle school students.
On Tuesday night, Newton and foundation officials held an informational kickoff to inform participants of what to expect.
“I feel as if the more people understand each other, the better our environment around us will be,” Newton said.
The program is called “Un1ted As 1” and will cater to 60 kids selected from three Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte.
Kids will participate in activities that are focused on social change, working together and solving problems. There will also be a community service project component.
The program is also working in conjunction with a global diversity firm to develop the curriculum for the program.
Foundation officials said they are also looking into what it would take to expand the program nationally.
Newton stated he was exposed to diversity when entering college and would like to give kids the opportunity to have this exposure earlier in life.