Recently, the Cleveland Browns hosted nearly 150 service members and their families at Browns Training Camp, who were invited through local organizations such as the USO of Northern Ohio, Gold Star Families, Vietnam Veterans and Veterans from Wade Park. The exclusive VIP experience at Browns Training Camp included reserved front row seating at practice and sandwiches provided, courtesy of Arby’s.
The service men and women, along with their families, had a section roped off specifically for them near the field so they could watch practice while still having access to the assortment of entertainment that Training Camp offers. The kids utilized the Browns Play Football! Field while the adults engaged by pledging to give back to the community through First and Ten --one family even adopted a puppy! Dee and Jimmy Haslam stopped by during practice to meet and greet with the families and the those who serve or have served our country. At the end of camp, players stopped by to express their gratitude to the servicemen and women - signing autographs and taking pictures. It was a true opportunity for them to show their appreciation and support for the military.
Guests who attended with Gold Star Families, an organization supporting families who have lost a loved one in a war, were invited to take in the practice along with the USO of Northern Ohio, which is a nonprofit organization supporting active military and their families – one family joining us at Training Camp was recently relocated from Germany! The Vietnam Veterans in attendance had all been in combat and six were Purple Heart recipients. The homeless veterans all came from the Veterans Domiciliary at Wade Park—an organization that provides housing, food, and an assortment of other services for their members. Thank you to all of the men and women who served and continue to serve our country!
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Photos: Browns welcome local service men and women to training camp
Every year at training camp, the Browns hold a Salute to Service day at practice, hosting military guests and their families.