As part of Browns Salute to Service efforts, the Browns and United Airlines, Official Airline and Community Development Partner, are proud to host five active duty and retired military members from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Walter Reed is a premier military academic health center that provides innovative patient-centered care and advances medical readiness, education and research for service members.
Anita Zanders-Lewis (U.S. Army – 22 years), E-6 Clifford Brown (U.S. Navy – 27 years), Capitan Andrew Hairston (U.S. Marine Corps – 6 years), First Sergeant Gary Johnson (U.S. Army – 19 years), and Sergeant First Class Jonathan Cortez-Guzman (U.S. Army – 18 years) will arrive in Cleveland on Saturday night with a unique welcome at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport before attending Sunday's matchup with Detroit.
E-6 Clifford Brown is an Ohio native who grew up in the East Cleveland area and is looking forward to returning home to attend his first Browns game. First Sergeant Gary Johnson is also a big fan, excited to attend his first NFL game this Sunday.
Salute to Service is a year-round effort to honor, empower, and connect the nation's service members, veterans and their families. It is grounded in deep partnership with non-profits and organizations that support the military community in the United States and across the world. The NFL extends its appreciation of the military community through special moments of recognition at games and events, as well as visits to military bases both domestically and internationally throughout the year.
*About the Cleveland Browns and Browns Give Back: *The Browns Give Back to Northeast Ohio with a commitment to education and youth football while engaging the community through the team's signature First and Ten volunteer movement. For more information, visit www.clevelandbrowns.com/brownsgiveback.
Education –The Cleveland Browns are dedicated to improving the quality of education for students in Ohio by making investments that keep kids in school every day so they can succeed, highlighted by the Stay in the Game! Keep Learning, Every Day! Network. The Stay in the Game! Network is a statewide initiative designed to promote the importance of school attendance and put an end to chronic absenteeism. The team engages local school districts and promotes quality education by using attendance data and feedback from families to build a school-going culture, uncover and reduce common barriers to attendance and support engagement opportunities for students to thrive. In the 2021-22 school year, the Stay in the Game! Network will partner with 16 school districts, benefitting more than 100,000 students in Ohio. An adaptation of the Get 2 School, Stay In The Game! Network, the name change reflects the current environment where schools may not necessarily be able to host in-school learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No matter the circumstances, the Stay in the Game! Network will continue to encourage and support students to maintain a strong educational-going mindset to keep learning, every day, aligned with its overall goal to help end chronic absenteeism and provide all students equal opportunities to be successful. To learn more visit, visit SITGNetwork.org.
Youth Football– The Cleveland Browns are committed to assisting the development, safety and growth of youth and high school 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.
First and Ten –Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team's community program, established to inspire fans to #give10 and help their communities by volunteering for 10 hours each year. 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. To date, more than 2.75 million hours of volunteering have been pledged through First and Ten. 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.