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The Browns partner with the NFL to host HSPD Leadership Program

The Browns partner with the NFL to host HSPD Leadership Program

The Cleveland Browns recently hosted 49 local Northeast Ohio high school football players for the NFL High School Player Development Leadership Program.

The event featured a visit from Browns coach Mike Pettine, a character-development presentation from former NFL tight end and NFL Player Engagement representative Tony Stewart, a leadership reaction course (prepared and instructed by NFL HSPD), and a First and Ten community-service project at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

The NFL High School Player Development Leadership Program is designed to provide high school athletes with a better understanding of what it means to be leaders both on and off the football field, as well as a clearer picture of the importance of good character and education, regardless of their athletic potential.

To be eligible, participants must be a member of their high school football team, hold a 3.0 GPA and maintain at least 90-percent class attendance, as well as exhibit leadership qualities such as teamwork, integrity, dedication and commitment.
Since its inception in 2001, the HSPD program has provided participants with a curriculum that focuses on inspiring excellence in the classroom, community, and on the playing field.

The Browns support the Greater Cleveland Food Bank's mission to ensure that everyone in our community has the nutritious food they need on a daily basis. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio and provided 45 million meals in 2014 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties. For more information, visit

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