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Browns Community Highlights - August 12


The Cleveland Browns are committed to the community. Through First and Ten, the Dawg Pound is encouraged to share what they are doing to give back. During the month of August, the Browns will be celebrating PLAY Football! Month, as we feature youth football coaches who #give10 by volunteering their time to help young athletes learn and love the game of football! Get inspired and check out what these fans are doing to help their community:** *

MattHometown: McDonald, OhioMatt and his wife feel that it is very important to give back to the community every chance that they get. As a father of three boys, Matt has coached many football, baseball, and basketball teams. Currently, he is a proud representative to one of the two Nordonia Youth Football Junior Varsity Teams as the head coach.  It is very important to Matt to teach these kids the importance of sportsmanship, respect, and loyalty. Along with this, Matt stresses safety on the field and assures the parents of his players that he will do whatever it takes to help their child learn the game while having fun doing it! Thanks Matt! 


MikeHometown: Chesterland, OhioMike and his family do a variety of different things to help the community. Mike does yearly charitable donations to the community ever quarter. This past month he has helped with the terminally ill with their Christmas event in July. During thanksgiving Mike donates food to several needy families, Christmas he fills up local police departments trailer with toys for kids in operation Santana's Sleigh. In the spring Mike helps at assisted living facilities and to weed their gardens. While he helps through many different efforts throughout the community, Mike also gives back through youth football. Mike is the player safety coach for his youth football program and has been for the last 3 years. But his youth community efforts don't end at football! Mike is a coach for youth wrestling and baseball teams that his sons participate in. Mike said "I love to coach as I like teaching the kids fundamentals. It also gives me time with my boys. With them having tons of friends in the community coaching and being involved helps me show my kids to give back and volunteer for your community." Thank you for EVERYTHING you do Mike!

DouglasHometown: Canon, OhioDouglas gives back to my community as a football, baseball, and basketball coach, as his love for the game and desire to watch the kids grow mentally and physically is very rewarding. He is a football youth coach for the Plain Local Midget Football (Glenoak) in Canton Ohio. This youth football league that he works with is a B-League Varsity/JV for grades 4-5. While Douglas helps in youth athletics he is also a Lieutenant Firefighter/Paramedic for Plain Township Fire Department in Stark County. Douglas said that he loves to help people and to pass along his knowledge to our youth and our community. Awesome work Douglas!

CharlesHometown: Euclid, OhioCharles is a special education teacher in the Euclid City School district. Charles has been a youth football coach for 13 years and is the director & founder of Ohio Cardinals football. Charles started the Cardinals and became a coach because he believes it is important to give back to the community and share his life experiences. Charles said that his goal is for the athletes he works with is to help in their community and become productive adults. Charles says that the Ohio Cardinals motto, "take charge" applies to everything that we do in life. Great job, Charles!

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 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.

Interested in signing up your volunteer group for First and Ten? Group forms available! Click here to learn more about how to #give10

Follow @BrownsGiveBack on Twitter and Instagram and tell us what you are doing to help others using #give10 to unite us all as Browns fans. Give 10 hours, help your community.

The Browns are dedicated to #give10 through the team's First and Ten initiative. Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team's community program, established to inspire fans to volunteer in and help their communities throughout the world by volunteering for 10 hours each year. Since its inception, Browns fans have committed to volunteering more than 1 million hours to impact their communities by pledging to #give10. Through First and Ten, the Browns are the only NFL club to promote a long-term volunteering program that unifies the team and its entire fan base, with the goal of impacting every individual's city across the globe, as well as the franchise's local community. All Browns fans are encouraged to join the volunteering effort by signing the First and Ten pledge on the team's website and by sharing their stories with #give10.

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