PARMA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians competed Thursday night in the 11th annual “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” event at Freeway Lanes in Parma to support Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland.
The Indians took home the bowling pin trophy after knocking down nearly 21,000 pins, but the competition helped raise money which will go to help Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland “recruit the right adults, match them with the right kids and create a strong, safe, happy match,” according to Gretchen Faro, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland President and CEO.
“This is a wonderful outreach opportunity for the Cleveland Browns to join with the Cleveland Indians and really showcase the good work that’s being done by Big Brothers, Big Sisters,” said Jenner Tekancic, director of community outreach for the Browns. “This Bowl for Kids’ Sake is an annual fundraiser for them and each year, we’re proud to get teams together with our staff. We have players here that are passionate about mentorship as well as supporting good organizations, and we’ve definitely found one with Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
“Teamwork is a powerful thing, and with us joining the Indians, we’ve raised over $50,000 through this simple event. It demonstrates that if you join for a good cause, there’s a lot that can be done and an impact can be made.”
Big Brothers, Big Sisters is the largest provider of one-on-one youth mentoring services in the United States. They have been helping provide youth with mentors for more than 100 years.
Each year, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland serves more than 600 children.
“Big Brothers, Big Sisters does one thing, and has done one thing for 100 years: we match caring adults with children that are facing some sort of adversity in their lives,” Faro said. “They’re either growing up in a single-parent household. They’re growing up in poverty, and what they need in their life is someone who cares about them, who cares about their success, who cares about their academics, who cares about their future, and helps them care about all that too.
“The competition is a lot of fun. Here are two teams, from different sports in a friendly competition. I’ve watched these wonderful athletes and great administrative people out there having a good time and enjoying the day, sharing some camaraderie.”
In addition to the team’s front-office staff, several Browns players participated in the 2013 event. Defensive linemen
“Anything that supports a special cause like this is fun to come to, especially because I get to bond with my teammates at the same time,” Hughes said. “There’s nothing better than that. We have a great bunch of guys, so it’s not a job to come out here and hang out with them. It builds chemistry on and off the field. It makes us better at the same time.”
Wade added, “I saw it posted and I thought it would be cool if we go. I didn’t see players on any teams, so I asked if some of the players could come out. I grabbed these guys and we all came in support. It’s really important because the chemistry on the field is a really key thing that nobody thinks about. We just come out here and bond, get close to each other, and that way, we’re willing to work with each other on the field more.”