Denzel Ward pledges to take on biggest monthly expense for 21 people out of work because of COVID-19 crisis


Denzel Ward is looking to help those who have been hit hardest by the economic ramifications of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Browns cornerback Wednesday, through an announcement from his Make Them Know Your Name foundation, said he would cover the biggest monthly expense for 21 people who are out of work because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The campaign is targeting those in the service industry and small businesses who have been hit hardest by the economic shutdown.

"It's unique for me because the community I'm fortunate enough to play for is the community that helped raise me my entire life," Ward said. "So to help your neighbors in a time when they might be struggling is just a no-brainer.

"Whether that's rent or mortgage, or just groceries for your family, I want someone to breathe a little easier knowing that's taken care of this month."

Those affected hardest by the crisis are encouraged to apply at Ward and other members of the foundation will review the applications and stories before notifying those who are selected.

Ward is just the latest Browns player to give back in a big way during the COVID-19 outbreak. Baker Mayfield and Larry Ogunjobi made big donations to the Cleveland Food Bank, and Myles Garrett donated 24,000 pounds of food and other resources to the Clark-Fulton neighborhood in Cleveland. Last week, Ward and Garrett played video games to help raise money through the Twitch Stream Aid fundraiser. Dee and Jimmy Haslam donated $1.5 million to COVID-19 relief funds.

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