6-year-old gets opportunity to coach Panthers at Fan Fest

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Posted: Aug 07, 2015 8:37 PM
6-year-old gets opportunity to coach Panthers at Fan Fest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (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.

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