6-year-old gets opportunity to coach Panthers


Jeff Siner | Charlotte Observer / TNS Braylon Beam, 6, strikes the Superman to the delight of Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston, left, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, right, and quarterback Cam Newton in Charlotte on Friday. The Lincoln County boy served as Honorary Head Coach through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


CHARLOTTE (AP) — Rising first-grader Braylon Beam served as the Carolina Panthers’ honorary Make-A-Wish Foundation head coach during the team’s Fan Fest practice.

The 6-year-old Beam watched practice from the sideline with a clipboard in hand and mingled with players throughout the two-hour practice Friday at the team’s stadium. He also had a chance to dance alongside quarterback Cam Newton.

Beam said before practice his goal was to make sure the Panthers threw deep to Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen.

A Panthers fan from Denver, North Carolina, Beam garnered national attention after his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. His dancing routine inspired the DeGeneres’ #JustKeepDancing movement to raise money for pediatric cancer.

Beam is currently undergoing treatment at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte for a tumor on his optic nerve.

Jeff Siner | Charlotte Observer / TNS Braylon Beam, 6, strikes the Superman to the delight of Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston, left, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, right, and quarterback Cam Newton in Charlotte on Friday. The Lincoln County boy served as Honorary Head Coach through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
http://robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_SPORTS_FBN-PANTHERS_11_CH.jpgJeff Siner | Charlotte Observer / TNS Braylon Beam, 6, strikes the Superman to the delight of Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston, left, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, right, and quarterback Cam Newton in Charlotte on Friday. The Lincoln County boy served as Honorary Head Coach through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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