ROCKY RIVER, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns held their 14th annual Cleveland Browns Foundation Golf Outing at the Westwood Country Club Friday.
Proceeds from the outing, which raised nearly $2.4 million in its first 13 years, benefit the Cleveland Browns Foundation and support the team’s community outreach efforts in the areas of citizenship, education, health and wellness, and youth football.
“On behalf of the Cleveland Browns organization, I’d like to thank you for your support of the Browns Foundation,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said in opening remarks before the shotgun start. “Giving back to the community is an organizational priority for us. All of you, and all of us that are here today are here to promote that philosophy.
“By working together, we can make a difference. We’ve seen it in our community already and will continue to do so.”
Since their return to the NFL in 1999, the Browns have contributed more than $1 million to nine field refurbishment projects, including for a new stadium at Cleveland Central Catholic High School in 2010, the installation of new field turf to replace worn-out grass at Midview High School’s football stadium, and the latest, Lou Groza Field behind Roehm Middle School in Middleburg Heights.
The Cleveland Browns Foundation has also worked with the Adapted Football League with the Achievement Centers for Children, that allows children with disabilities to participate in the game of football, as well as the Marion Motley Scholarship, which awards scholarships to two recipients annually.
In 2012, Browns players logged more than 900 volunteer hours at various community events, including Play 60 field days, hospital visits, and playground installations.
The Play 60 movement has motivated children in the Cleveland area to log more than seven million minutes of physical activity through the Browns’ Fall and Spring Play 60 Challenges. The Browns have installed 18 new playgrounds and fitness zone safe spaces that have given children and families places to play and be physically active.
In addition to the round of golf, participants placed bids on Silent Auction items, everything from a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey to an autographed Pro Bowl helmet from
The Cleveland Indians baseball organization, Cavaliers basketball organization and Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team also donated items for the Silent Auction.
“The Silent Auction process starts a few months prior to the tournament, and we reach out to local corporations and ask for donations, explaining what it will benefit, and pulling out some treasured Cleveland Browns items,” said Renee Harvey, vice president of community outreach for the Browns. “It comes together very well.”
More than 30 Browns players, coaches and front-office executives took part in the 2013 Cleveland Browns Foundation Golf Outing, and two of the team’s new radio partners, 98.5 WNCX and ESPN 850 WKNR broadcast live from Westwood Country Club throughout the day.
“I’ve been a part of this community for a while now, so any new guy that comes in, that’s a part of the job description, to be a part of the community and show good faith,” linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said. “The community looks up to us with such high standards. It’s only right that we do our job and we give back and continue our success on an off the field.”
“For us to have involvement from the entire organization, including the front-office executives, our head coach and his staff, players and our staff, it really demonstrates the organization’s commitment to the Cleveland Browns Foundation and the greater Cleveland community.”
The Cleveland Browns Foundation Golf Tournament was presented by Medical Mutual, in association with Cleveland Clinic, Pepsi and Bud Light.