Aggravated assault. Driving under the influence. Reckless behavior. Sometimes it seems as though NFL players are constantly getting in trouble with the law. That’s why it is refreshing to hear about a player’s generous giving.
Cam Newton—Heisman Trophy winner, BCS champion, and record-setting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers—recently donated his hair to Wigs for Kids. The non-profit creates custom wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness, medical treatments, or other circumstances.
Newton had been growing out his hair since the last game of the 2011-2012 football season. He started growing it out as a reminder to grow as a player, according to his Facebook page. Once the new season started, he decided to donate it to someone who could use it.
In addition to his hair donation, Newton is also raising money for the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. People who help support the two organizations have the chance to receive Panthers tickets or signed footballs, jerseys, and photos.
Hopefully in the future, the stories about football players getting arrested will be eclipsed by stories such as this one.