Cam Newton should expect to sign a few extra autographs this weekend.
The former Auburn star, 2010 Heisman Trophy winner and 2015 NFL MVP, will host a 7-on-7 football camp Friday and Saturday at Prattville High School.
Newton is entering this seventh season with the Panthers, leading them to a 15-1 record in 2015 and a loss to Denver in Super Bowl 50.
Camp director Richard Richardson said Newton’s father, Cecil Newton Sr., wanted to expand his son’s camp.
“We started with only having camps in Charlotte and Atlanta,” Richardson said. “We usually like to stay at a site for two years and then move it around. We want to choose locations that are accessible for all our teams.”
The 7-on-7 camp will feature 22 teams from high schools across the state, including a pair of Prattville squads.
Teams from Jeff Davis, Sidney Lanier, Holtville, and Stanhope Elmore are also scheduled to participate.
Richardson, a 14-year veteran of high school coaching, said this camp is more than just a fundraiser for the Cam Newton Foundation.
“We are very excited to be working with Prattville High School,” Richardson said. “It’s a chance for the players to interact with Cam, but it also gives him a chance to interact with the community.”
Players and coaches from each team will receive gear from Under Armour, lunch on both days and an autographed team photo with Newton.
The teams will compete in round-robin play on Friday, then play for the championship following a tournament on Saturday.
The top three teams will receive donations to their schools designated for football gear.
The first-place team will receive $2,500, the second-place team $1,500 and the third-place team $1,000.
The top two teams in the tournament will advance to the fourth annual Cam Newton Foundation 7-on-7 High School Championship in Atlanta on July 14-15.
All expenses for the trip to Atlanta will be paid for by the tournament.
Richardson said there was consideration of holding this weekend’s tournament in Montgomery, but a venue couldn’t be agreed on.
“We looked at schools and Cramton Bowl, but the space wasn’t adequate,” Richardson said. “We worked with (Prattville head coach Chad) Anderson, and he said they would be delighted to host us.”
Newton will speak with the players Friday morning at 8:45 before the teams hit the field.
Newton coached one of the teams during a recent camp in Snellville, Georgia, but it is unknown if that will be the case this weekend.
Richardson said the camps were targeted toward inner-city schools when it began in 2014, but anyone is welcome to attend.
“We wanted Cam to have a place where he can talk to the kids and the parents,” Richardson said. “It’s always a lot of fun and we want full participation. It’s a bonding experience for these kids and for us.”
Newton threw for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for 1,473 yards and 20 scores for Auburn in 2010.
Newton led the Tigers to the SEC championship and a win over Oregon in the BCS title game in Glendale, Arizona.