The Browns, who embarked on a project this past spring to refurbish five Cleveland Metropolitan School district fields, were recognized for their efforts Monday evening by the Cleveland CIty Council.
Led by owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, the two-year undertaking takes aim at education, athletics, youth football and unifying local communities by installing state-of-the-art synthetic turf at carefully selected locations across the area.
This year, Roye Kidd Stadium, James F. Rhodes Stadium and Bump Taylor Stadium were completed for the start of the 2016 high school football season, while John Adams Stadium and John Marshall Stadium will be renovated in 2017. The Browns have also provided new 25-foot scoreboards that will be installed as gifts at all five fields.
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.
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.
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.