Year-old gets opportunity to coach Panthers at Fan Fest

Braylon’s night started with a grand entrance and a trip to the Panthers locker room where he had a dance-off with players Luke Kuechly, Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin while dishing out some advice to quarterback Cam Newton.


And that’s why the Panthers and the Make a Wish Foundation had dancing explicitly written into his contract.

Whereas on the present, he advised DeGeneres his aim was to at some point coach his home-state Panthers.

Six-year-old Braylon Beam has become a bit of an internet sensation over the last few months.

In May, he made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which inspired the #JustKeepDancing movement to raise money for pediatric cancer.

When Beam’s one day coaching gig ended on Friday, he celebrated with an on-field dance party. During the interview, Beam said his dream was to one day coach his favorite team: The Carolina Panthers.

Before practice, the honorary coach gave Newton some instructions. Only this time, it was in front of the entire Carolina Panthers team and 55,000 fans at Bank of America Stadium.

Prowling the sidelines for Carolina was Braylon Beam, a rising first-grader from Denver, N.C., who is undergoing treatment at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte for a brain tumor. His power has been an inspiration to many who’ve heard his story and watched him dance.

The Panthers definitely seemed to enjoy their new coach.

“Not letting an terrible thing ruin your life because it can so easily be done – and having a positive out look on everything – we all can learn from that”, his dad, Jesse, said.


“You want as many good days as you can”, his father Jesse Beam said.

Carolina Panthers Fans Celebrate Upcoming Season at Fan Fest