Browns players visited Valley View Boys Leadership Academy in support of the Get 2 School campaign. #give10
It's been a little more than a week since the Browns reconvened for offseason workouts, but they're already trying to leave their mark off the field.
That's why a contingent of Cleveland's players visited Valley View Boys Leadership Academy as part of Browns Give Back's continued support of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District's "Get 2 School. You Can Make It!" campaign.
Through the Cleveland Browns Foundation Browns Give Back, Emmanuel Ogbah, Trevon Coley, James Burgess Jr., Mike Jordan, B.J. Bello, Darius Jackson and Marquez Williams paid the school a visit to reward students for their attendance habits throughout the year, a dynamic directly correlated with academic success.
"I think kids are the future and growing up, I didn't see things like this but if I'm sure if I did it would have motivated me more just to be great," said Coley, who grew up in the Miami, Florida area. "Just being out here and seeing the smiles on their faces, it's priceless. It's something they'll remember for the rest of their lives."
Coley and Co. were also there to drive home the importance of attendance and how it'll have a long-lasting impact on the students' lives.
Valley View earned the visit because of the school's commitment to raising its academic performance and emphasizing the importance of school attendance. The result? Improved enrollment and attendance rates.
Through its research, CMSD learned students who are chronically absent are linked to lower academic performance and graduation rates. The district — with the support of the Browns is continuing those efforts to improve overall attendance and educational results through the campaign.
"Every day is a building block," Coley said. "If you miss a day, it's like missing a block and now you have to go back and re-learn what you learned and you're throwing yourself off.
Education is a core focus area of Browns Give Back, and the Cleveland Browns Foundation supports this mission through financial grants and other resources to local education nonprofits to ensure youth in Northeast Ohio receive the education and development they need as a foundation for independence and success.
Browns Give Back has identified three areas of impact for education – school attendance, early learning and college and career readiness – with the goal of identifying opportunities, removing barriers and providing support for students to empower them for long-term success.
As part of Browns Give Back, the Browns are continuing their commitment to #give10 through the team's signature First and Ten volunteering campaign during the offseason after engaging the community throughout the season each Tuesday on the players' day off. Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign was established to inspire fans to volunteer in and help their communities throughout the world 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 fanbase, with the goal of impacting every individual's city across the globe, as well as the franchise's local community. Fans are encouraged to share how they give back in their communities by tagging their stories #give10 on social me. For more information, visit ClevelandBrowns.com/brownsgiveback.
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.