Today IMG Academy announced it has teamed up with Carolina Panthers QB and 2011 NFL Rookie-of-the-Year Cam Newton for its second annual IMG Academy football program 7-on-7 National Championships to be held June 29-July 1, 2012 on the IMG Academy campus.
Newton, who has previously spent time training at IMG Academy, will come to the campus on different terms this time, as he looks to advance the youth initiative at the core of his Cam Newton Foundation. Together with the IMG Academy football program, Newton will run a skills event – the Cam Newton Skills Challenge at the IMG Academy football program 7-on-7 National Championships – on Friday, June 29, the first day of the national tournament.
"I am very excited about this event, which I hope will set the tone for a weekend of fun and intense competition at the IMG Academy football program,” said Cam Newton. “Looking back at the opportunities available to me as a young player, I always looked forward to the healthy competition at these types of events. What really stood out for me though were camps that had a festive, entertainment-driven theme that raised the energy and excitement around the competition. I am planning to apply these lessons to the Cam Newton Skills Challenge with the support from the team at IMG Academy football program.”
Participation in the Cam Newton Skills Challenge at the IMG Academy football program 7-on-7 National Championships is open to both 7-on-7 competitors and outside players, though registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Challenge is designed for skill-position players who will receive position-specific training and evaluation from Cam Newton and the team of IMG Academy football program coaches, many of whom have played or coached in the NFL.
“We are looking forward to introducing this unique offering by Cam Newton to our IMG Academy football program 7-on-7 National Championships,” said Chris Weinke, Director, IMG Academy football program. “The Cam Newton Skills Challenge will add an extra level of excitement and fun for participants who have earned the opportunity to compete in this national event. The addition of the Skills Challenge is a testament to the growth and continued enhancement of our 7-on-7 platform for high school athletes.”
The registration fee for the Cam Newton Skills Challenge is $199 and includes an invitation to the IMG Academy football program 7-on-7 National Championships Welcome Reception later that evening. For more information or to register, please visit: www.imgmadden7on7.com.