Linda Tremaine heard a tap on her office window today around noon. She saw a man peering through her blinds. It was Cam Newton wanting to make good on a promise.
“He surprised us with a nice visit today,” said Tremaine, principal at Wright’s Mill Road Elementary School in Auburn. “He came in with that great smile. He came back to check on the school and see how everyone was doing. It was just like last fall.”
In the fall of 2010, Newton regularly volunteered at Wright’s Mill. He last visited that December before leaving for New York to attend the Heisman Trophy ceremonies. The faculty held an assembly in his honor. “Cam Day,” they called it.
Tremaine said today’s visit was a special visit to the four boys Newton regularly mentored and has kept in touch with since leaving Auburn.
“They were tickled to death,” she said. “We brought them into my office and they got to see his newest Under Armour ad on the computer. They hadn’t seen it before.”
Tremaine said Newton has a personal assistant who calls the school to check on the boys.
“He told those boys, ‘I’m checking up on y’all even when you don’t know it.'”
In addition to checking on “his boys,” Tremaine said Newton “went into every classroom and had all the students join him in ‘War Eagles.'”
Even the student with the Alabama shirt.
“He (Newton) pointed at him and said ‘this guy’s just confused,'” Tremaine said.
Newton then picked him up and put his hands over the boy’s ears.
“He said, ‘I want y’all to say ‘War Eagle,’ but I don’t want his ears to hear it. I want his heart to hear it,'” Tremaine said.
“Not too many children get to be held up by Cam Newton. I think the boy might have been converted.”
Photo by Jennifer Dempsey.
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