Saturday, July 12 marked the conclusion of the Cam Newton Foundation 7 v 7 Tournament Series. Twelve teams representing four different states battled it out at Nation Ford High School for the Championship Title, resulting with Benjamin E. Mays High School as the winner. There were four different regional tournaments that led to this Championship 7 v 7 Tournament.
All the CNF 7 v 7 Tournaments were played over the course of two days. The first day was pool play, followed by bracket play (double elimination) on the second day. Each tournament included between 16 and 24 teams. The top two teams from each tournament were selected to play at the Championship 7 v 7 Tournament at Nation Ford High School on July 11 and 12. At each tournament, the teams consisted of 20 high school players and 4 coaches. All of the players and coaches received Under Armour gear that they sported throughout the events. Cam was onsite at all of the tournaments, and he could be seen enthusiastically interacting with the players, coaches, and spectators over the course of the two day events.
The 7 v 7 series began in Atlanta, Georgia on May 29 and 30 at Westlake High School. Winners from that tournament were:
1st place – Benjamin E. Mays High
2nd place – Creekside High
The Tournament Series continued in Atlanta on May 31 and June 1 at North Cobb High School.
1st place – Grady High
2nd place – North Murray High
The next stop for the 7 v 7 series was Birmingham, Alabama on June 13 and 14 at AH Parker High School.
1st place – AH Parker High
2nd place – Ramsay High
On June 26 and 27, Charlotte, North Carolina’s Hough High School was the last location for the regional tournament series.
1st place – Dorman High
2nd place – South Mecklenburg High
In addition to the tournament trophies, Dorman received a $2,500 scholarship for their school’s athletic department. South Mecklenburg received $1,500, and Kings Mountain High School placed 3rd, receiving $1,000.
The Championship – A culmination of the regional CNF 7 v 7 Tournaments took place at Nation Ford High School on July 11and 12. The top two teams from each of the regional tournaments, along with three wildcard and host team Nation Ford, participated in the first annual 7 v 7 Championship Tournament.
Teams included: Nation Ford, Hough, Northwestern, South Mecklenburg, Dorman, Grady, AH Parker, Ramsay, North Murray, Creekside, Benjamin E. Mays, and South Pointe.
The competition was fierce. Cam was an active supporter of the teams each day, constantly encouraging the players and rallying enthusiasm from the crowd. In the end, it was Benjamin E. Mays High School of Atlanta that took home the first place trophy. Each player on the Mays team received Beats by Dre headphones. Mays defeated Charlotte’s Hough in the final game of the 2014 7 v 7 Tournament Series.
The Cam Newton Foundation would like to thank all the teams that participated in the 7 v 7 Tournament Series, as well as the fans that came out and supported any of the 7 v 7 locations. The Cam Newton Foundation would also like to thank our event sponsors — Under Armour, Gatorade, Beats by Dre, Chick-Fil-A and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The proceeds raised from the tournament series will benefit the Cam Newton Foundation and aid in accomplishing our mission of Every 1 Matters. We look forward to the 2015 CNF 7 v 7 Tournament Series!