Carolina Panthers sign 'new coach'

Panthers make unexpected signing

DENVER (WBTV) - The Carolina Panthers have signed a new coach for a day in August.

Braylon Beam, a six-year-old boy with a tumor on his optic nerve, signed a one-day coaching contract with the team on Tuesday. The Rock Springs Elementary kindergarten student didn't realize the surprise was coming until 10 a.m. during a pep rally in the school's gymnasium.

Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Beam will serve as honorary associate head coach for the Carolina Panthers during Fan Fest on Friday August 7. 

"We are thrilled to have Braylon Beam join our staff in August," said Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. "Braylon brings a youthful energy and positive attitude that will no doubt help us rally to a third consecutive NFC South Division Championship and playoff run."

When Braylon isn't undergoing treatment at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, you can find him taking selfies, playing on his iPad and dancing. The Panthers say he inspired the #JustKeepDancing movement to raise money for pediatric cancer after making an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in May.

Rock Springs Elementary is on Highway 16 North in Denver. The Carolina Panthers announced they were planning the surprise on Monday afternoon.

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