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Browns Community Highlights - June 22


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: John Fox
Hometown: Westlake, OH
How they give back:
The Knights of Columbus have been giving back to their community in various ways over the years, but are currently in the planning stages for their 3rd Annual Golf Outing. The proceeds will go to the Special Olympics of Ohio, the Alzheimer's Association of Northeast Ohio and Matthew's Lending Library. Matthew's Lending Library is an organization where a member of the Knights of Columbus' daughter, who is a paraplegic, was provided a wheelchair that will grow with them as they get older.

Name: Ron Brewer
Hometown: North Carolina
How they give back:
Ron is always looking for ways to give back and when he connected with this local group, he found something he loved. Giving back to the youth through passing down wisdom, knowledge and encouragement is something he is more than passionate about. This week he had a chance to go talk to middle school students in the After School All-Stars Hoop Heroes Summer Program. The goal of the program is to help the students transition into high school and have a smooth assimilation process. Ron helped drive home the importance of discipline and what it takes to play sports including good grades and attendance.

Name: Bobby Chalky
Hometown: Youngstown, OH
How they give back:
Bobbie is the team captain for the Good Hope Relay for Life Team. He got involved when his mother died from lung cancer and he has been volunteering with the organization for nearly 20 years now. He loves to do it because it's a good cause and he is very attached to it. He is more passionate and willing to do things for others and now helping with anything that is ultimately for a good cause. He is interested in more people living longer, that's why he continues to give his time and effort with the Relay for Life team year after year. Bobby also enjoys volunteering at his church and with local organizations that fundraise.

Name: Michael Rafferty
Hometown: Swanton, OH
How they give back:
Michael raises money to help support families and youth who can't pay for sports fees and equipment, but want to get active and involved in local team sports. He originally started volunteering with this organization when his children began attending the school three years ago and he is so interested in supporting his kids and the school that they go to everyday. Michael thinks it's important to invest in education and sports and give back to the people who give back to you. He also volunteers with a local baseball organization when he's not with his kids.

Name: Ellen and Ida
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
How they give back:
Ellen and Ida are sisters who have been childcare volunteers for nearly 15 years! They've made a huge impact on countless children's lives and Providence House is incredibly grateful to have them in the PHamily! "One of the first lessons I learned at Providence House is that 'Every Child Is Your Child.'  It's a motto that they live by, and I've learned that we all have the power to positively impact someone's life," Ellen said. Her sister Ida feels similarly, "… all of us who volunteer or work at Providence House are helping to change the world one child at a time."

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

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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 1.5 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