CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton hasn't tossed his hat into the presidential race. But the Carolina Panthers quarterback was at the White House last Tuesday, helping 10-year-old Rosie Smolowitz explore her aspiration to one day become president.
Newton flew to the nation's capital -- shortly after the Panthers opened Phase 3 of offseason workouts -- to film a segment of his upcoming Nickelodeon television series with first lady Michelle Obama and Smolowitz.
Here is Newton taking a selfie with a group of kids he ran into at the White House:
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In this segment of "All in With Cam Newton," Newton and Smolowitz interview Mrs. Obama in the Rose Garden, according to Joanna Rosholm, the first lady's press secretary.
"Don't let anybody stop you from your dreams, because I could have never dreamed of living here," Mrs. Obama told Smolowitz during the interview. "But here I am, the first lady of the United States. And Cam, you reached your dreams, for sure."
Mrs. Obama also highlighted "Every Kid in a Park," a White House initiative in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior to allow all fourth-graders and their families to experience the country's national parks, forests, public lands and waters, free of charge.
Mrs. Obama and Newton also made a point to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Newton was one of the first celebrities to join Team FNV, a fruits and veggies marketing effort powered by the Partnership for a Healthier America, of which the first lady is honorary chair.
The first of 20 episodes of "All in With Cam" is scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. ET. No date was given for the episode with the first lady.
Newton has spent much of his time since a 24-10 loss to Denver in Super Bowl 50 filming the show, in which he pairs children with mentors to help them realize their dreams.
"Time in the spotlight has made me realize the importance of creating positive messages to inspire the next generation," Newton said in September, when the show as announced. "I'm very passionate about mentoring young people, and this show will be the perfect opportunity to help talented kids get the chance to pursue their dreams.
"And to be able to do it all on Nickelodeon -- a network I grew up watching -- is extremely exciting."
Don't fear, Newton hasn't lost his focus on football. He returned from Washington in time for last Wednesday's practice and will be on the field Tuesday when the Panthers continue organized team activities.