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Cribbs hosts 'Shop with a Jock'

Posted Dec 12, 2012

STRONGSVILLE -- Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs held his annual “Shop with a Jock” event for children from the Cleveland Christian Home on Tuesday evening.

STRONGSVILLE -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs does his best to make sure the team wins games on the field. Away from the game, Cribbs is just as committed to making the Cleveland community a better place for all, especially children.

Cribbs and 12 of his Browns teammates participated in his annual “Shop with a Jock” event in Strongsville on Tuesday evening. The 13 Browns players took 50 children from the Cleveland Christian Home on a $100 shopping spree.

“It’s important because it’s for the kids and what better time than Christmas,” Cribbs said. “It’s the Christmas season and the kids shouldn’t be without toys. All the players came out to help make sure that these kids have a good Christmas, get all the toys and get the joy they need around Christmas. I wish I could do more events like this throughout the year, not just at Christmas.

“It’s all about the community. I’m grateful to be a part of it and help. We should all take a lesson from this. The players do as well. We know how important it is to perform off the field, as well as on the field. Today, we’re performing off the field and it’s a great thing that we can do to give back to the community.”

In order to make the event a success, Cribbs enlisted the help of quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, defensive backs Usama Young and Johnson Bademosi, wide receiver Jordan Norwood, defensive linemen Ricky Elmore and Phil Taylor, tight ends Jordan Cameron and Alex Smith, running back Chris Ogbonnaya, fullback Owen Marecic, offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao and linebacker James-Michael Johnson.

In addition to shopping, the players shared dinner with and signed autographs for the children from the Cleveland Christian Home's community-based programs.

“I’m grateful to be in the position that we’re in where we’re able to give back, take a little time out and really spend time with the kids,” Marecic said. “Especially at this time of year, that’s what it’s all about. I remember, when I was a kid, this would’ve been a dream come true. It’s really special to have a chance to be a part of that for other kids.”

Shopping with the kids reminded Marecic of his younger days.

“I went through Toys-R-Us magazines and picked out everything, wrote it all out,” he recalled. “It’s the same thing. We just walked down the aisle and they were grabbing everything. That’s the way I would’ve done it. It’s a lot of fun to start looking back and seeing other kids living that dream.”

A special thank you to Subway for their generous food donation.

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