Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, right, looks up toward the sky during a downpour at Bank of America Stadium on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., during the team's Fan Fest. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, right, looks up toward the sky during a downpour at Bank of America Stadium on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., during the team's Fan Fest. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

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Carolina Panthers get new coach from Make-A-Wish Foundation

August 05, 2016 10:35 PM

The Carolina Panthers got a new coach on Friday in 7-year-old Aiden Amason.

Amason took over for Braylon Beam, an honorary child coach for the past season through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Beam passed the torch to Amason, who had an introductory press conference in the hour before the start of practice.

Amason, a rising second grader at Hardin Park Elementary in Boone, is getting treatment for Stage 4 Desmoplastic Round Blue Cell Tumors – a rare form of cancer.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

Panthers fans ready for Fan Fest

60,000 tickets were given out for the Carolina Panthers Fan Fest practice at Bank of America Stadium. The rain didn't temper the fans excitement for a new season.

Cam Newton leads the wave at Panthers Fan Fest

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton got the fans involved at Friday's Fan Fest by leading them in the wave near the end of practice.

Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

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