BEREA, Ohio – During halftime of today's Orange & Brown Scrimmage, the Cleveland Browns and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown presented Columbus City Schools with a $25,000 check that will equip Linden McKinley High School and West High School with new five-star football helmets, as rated by Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings.
Columbus City Schools Superintendent and CEO Dr. Dan Good, Linden McKinley High School Head Football Coach Jason Ryan, West High School Head Football Coach Michel Flusche and players from both teams were surprised with the donation after being invited to The Horseshoe as special guests of the Cleveland Browns.
"We are proud to provide new helmets to Columbus City Schools and these high school football programs as part of our continued effort to promote the development and safety of youth and high school football throughout Ohio," said Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown. "Dee and Jimmy Haslam and our entire team strongly believe in supporting education and youth and high school football, and it was important to our organization that we made a positive impact within the Columbus community that will extend well beyond today's Orange & Brown Scrimmage."
After discussions with Columbus City Schools, school officials selected Linden McKinley High School and West High Schools as the recipients of the new safety equipment as part of the Browns' goal to impact the Columbus community through the Orange & Brown Scrimmage, as well as the team's year-round dedication to youth and high school football.
In August, all NFL teams will recognize Play Football Month, a celebration of youth and high school football players and coaches throughout the preseason. Beginning with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, Play Football various youth and high school football activities, personnel and programming will be featured at NFL teams' preseason games at stadiums and during TV broadcasts.
The Cleveland Browns are committed to assisting the development, safety and growth of youth and high school football throughout Northeast Ohio with year-round programming for players, coaches, officials and parents. Through camps, clinics and other initiatives, the Browns' goal is to promote healthy, social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of youth by enhancing opportunities for youth football participation and education. For more information, visit www.clevelandbrowns.com/community.
The Orange & Brown Scrimmage is presented by TourismOhio and in association with Giant Eagle