American Dairy Association Mideast and Fuel Up to Play 60's Breakfast with the Browns' series, DL Danny Shelton joined Gilles-Sweet Elementary School students for a nutritious breakfast Tuesday. (All photos by John Reid)
FAIRVIEW PARK — Danny Shelton was almost glowing Tuesday morning as he talked about a big colorful banner welcoming him to Gilles-Sweet Elementary School.
"I'm going to have to see if I can get that and keep it in my basement," said Shelton, who hosted the latest American Dairy Association Mideast and Fuel Up to Play 60's Breakfast with the Browns.
Shelton, the 6-foot-2, 340-pound defensive lineman who enters his second season in Cleveland, began his morning hunched over a crates of milk cartons, passing them out to some 200 students who filed into the cafeteria with wide eyes and big smiles.
"It brought back a lot of memories passing out milk," Shelton said, who signed autographs and posed for photos while doing so.
During a Q&A session during breakfast, Shelton said chocolate was his favorite kind of milk, Browns linebacker Nate Orchard was his closest friend on the team, and that he wore No. 71 because it was the only jersey big enough to fit him when he was younger. He also playfully added that his pregame snack consisted of yogurt, string cheese and a fruit roll-up.
Afterward, Shelton read the school's morning announcements and visited a handful of questioners, including a group of first-graders that wrote and sang a song for him.
"I mean, it was just heartwarming really to be here, to see all the smiling faces, to work with the staff. It's more than what I asked for to be in the community to try and help out. It was just awesome," said Shelton, who added he wants to be a role model and community figure.
"It's a part of my culture really, the Samoan culture. We build a lot of things around family and that's what I'm trying to build here for the Browns. I want to be able to come out into the community and experience the Browns culture, experience the excitement that the fans have for the Browns," he said.
"I want to have that be a part of my game. It's a blessing to be here and experience everything and be a part of this team and be a part of the Cleveland area … it's pretty cool to be here and experience everything."
The Browns' PLAY 60 movement — which is part of the NFL's nationwide initiative to promote youth health and wellness by getting active at least 60 minutes each day — works with University Hospitals and American Dairy Association Mideast and Fuel Up to PLAY 60 to encourage and educate kids and their families about the steps they can take toward a healthy lifestyle.
The American Dairy Association Mideast provides science-based dairy nutrition information aimed at educators, school nutrition directors, health professionals, consumers and media. ADA Mideast is an affiliate of the National Dairy Council. For more information about ADA Mideast, visit www.drink-milk.com.
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.
For more information, visit www.ClevelandBrowns.com/community.