Community Highlights

Browns Community Highlights - August 31


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. Get inspired and check out what these fans are doing to help their community:
How do you give back?

Name: Mike Yondo
Hometown: Broadview Heights, OH
How they give back:
Yondo began with St. Albert the Great coaching Spring football in 2017. He did it again in 2018 and was fortunate enough to be offered an opportunity to coach the 5th grade Rookie Tackle team and 3rd grade Flag team. He previously volunteered in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights football program from seven years. Growing up, he had the privilege of playing for excellent coaches who cared not only about athletic development but also the social, spiritual and character building aspects of the young men. At the same time, he's seen less than stellar coaching and wanted to offer the young men their best opportunity to excel in all aspects of their development. That's why he continues to volunteer.

Name: Bob Charron
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
How they give back:
Bob is a volunteer sports coach who loves giving back to the community and the youth who play for him. Currently he's coaching multiple teams in various sports. The ages range from U10 – U16. The teams in Parma and Strongsville all look up to him as he works to develop skills in the young players so that they can grow and get better and learn all about teamwork.

Name: Eric Adams
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
How they give back:
Eric is a middle school student who has volunteered to help with the Cleveland Browns Youth Football Camp at FirstEnergy Stadium earlier this summer. His cousin Kenneth was participating in the camp and Eric wanted to help in any way that he could. He attended all three days of the camp and assisted in various tasks throughout the camp. When asked why he continued to volunteer, he said that he enjoyed being around the game of football and participating in any way that he could. After Eric had spent the three days volunteering at the youth football camp, he said that he wanted to find more volunteering opportunities with football camps. He intends to help his cousin's youth football team during the season and helping out with practices. This was Eric's first time volunteering for this youth football camp, but he said the best part of helping this program was being in the stadium and meeting the rookies on the third day of camp. He has also taken his time to volunteer at a local recycling plant. He has been volunteering at the plant for a couple months and says that he likes helping out because he is able to keep his community clean.

Name: Greg Pruitt Jr.
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
How they give back:
Greg is a part of the CMHA Renegades a league in inner-city Cleveland that works to provide a positive environment for youth who may have difficult home situations. The adversity the youth face are oftentimes the barriers for themselves and their families. The camaraderie of the teams helps create another family environment for the youth after school and on the weekends. Greg enjoys working with the kids and supporting them on and off the field.

Name: Michael Engram
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
How they give back:
Michael has helped create GameChangers Inc., an organization that focuses on the whole being of the youth in our communities. They have created an event that promotes leadership and player development providing an education for high school athletes on the soft-skills that a leader needs to possess for successful transitions after high school. Seminars and dialogue including panel discussions are conducted to highlight the importance of character and values in the young athletes.

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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 2.0 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