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Browns Community Highlights - January 8


Name:Randy Long Sr.Hometown:Cleveland, OH
How they give back: Randy loves dedicating his spare time after work and days off to my his family and local kids in and around the community. To #give10 to kids that need mentorship is what he enjoys. In 2015 he was head coach for a baseball team that made it to the championship game! He also served as an assistant coach for two additional age groups. Randy loves coaching youth football and is proud to assist in any way that he can. He received his HeadsUp coaching certification and coaches for the Warren Little Raiders. Outside of coaching, he is a part of the trustee board. He ensures the children's safety by inspecting equipment and teaching safety tactics. He is so proud of his kids and the way they performed by shutting the other team down on defense and being undefeated all season. His goal in life is to #give10, and continue to strive to make his community better than it was day the day before.

Name:Ken BriggsHometown: Cleveland, OH
How they give back: Ken works for the Ashland County Board of Developmental Disabilities as a bus aide. He volunteers time with the Ashland County Special Olympics. He also was able to #give10 by serving as a volunteer coach for the softball team last summer. Ken loves working with people who have special needs because they really cheer him up when he's having a bad day. Ken plans to return as a volunteer coach next season, while volunteering with any of the other sports they have. Ken says 'It's priceless to see their faces when they win medals at the regional competition and the state meets.' Ken hopes to bring along a couple of the Special Olympics athletes to a Browns game next season, because he's been a Browns fan all his life.

Name:Melanie WhortenHometown:Cleveland, Ohio
How they give back: For the past four years Melanie has served in a program called AWANA. A faith based program filled with a new group of kids, who come in to learn the Lord's word each year. She loves to see how the kids learn and grow during the year. They engage in game time and counsel time as well. At the end of the year her and other staff members put on a big carnival/fun fair. They are always looking for fun items to bring each year so the kids can win. This is something near and dear to Melanie's heart and it will always be her first choice to #give10!

Name:Troy JohnsonHometown:Cleveland, Ohio
How they give back: Troy Johnson serves in the Ohio military reserves. He volunteers his time and services by giving back to the communities, which have given to him at a young age. The Ohio Military Reserves is a volunteer military under the Governor of Ohio. He and his colleagues are the first responders for National disasters for the great state of Ohio which he proudly serves. Coaching is his favorite way to #give10. Troy coaches for nonprofit organizations and umpires baseball games to help not only children but parents understand the rules of the sports the community participants in. he has been a Cleveland Browns fan as long as he can remember.

Name:Anthony DeVitoHometown:Cleveland, OH
How they give back: Anthony helps with the Boys and Girls Club of Lorain. Whether through work, or on his own time, he wants to try and help make the kid's lives better. He and his coworkers raise money through chili cook-offs and raffle baskets. He also has been involved in hosting a food drive to #give10 and ensure that the kids can have meals. Around Christmas time, they hold a toy drive for all of the kids at the Oakwood Club in Lorain. He also assists with the main Christmas party that each and every area club is invited to. The party is hosted at the Lorain Palace Theater. It's a very selfless way to give back, have fun and help his community at the same time.

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