Take a look back at some of the best moments from Browns community events in 2017!
On August 3, the Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground at Harvard University launched the Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network (Get 2 School Network), a statewide initiative designed to promote the importance of school attendance and put an end to chronic absenteeism.
The goal of the Get 2 School Network is to increase student attendance at the state level and locally in partner districts and schools. The equation is simple: The more students attend school, the more prepared they are for success beyond school.
For more information, visit Get2School.org
Baker Mayfield and teammates hosted high school Unified Sports flag football athletes, coaches and volunteers for the inaugural Cleveland Browns Special Olympics Ohio uniform reveal and Play Football! Clinic.
Student success starts with school attendance. Students who are absent from school miss important learning opportunities, which can be difficult, or even impossible to make up. The mission of the Get 2 School Network is to prioritize attendance by connecting its users to resources aimed at tackling chronic absenteeism. The Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground are deeply committed to this mission.
Speakers at the press event included Browns' owner Dee Haslam, former player Michael Lehan, Ohio's Superintendent of Public Institution Paolo DeMaria, Voice of the Browns Jim Donovan, and Executive Vice President of the Cleveland Browns Foundation Renee Harvey.
The Adapted Football League held it's 9th annual All-Star game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Joel Bitonio, Austin Corbett and others participated in the All-Star game as lead blockers and quarterbacks for the adapted football athletes.
The Fuel Up To Play 60 2019 student ambassador summit was held at FirstEnergy Stadium and hosted more than 240 ambassadors from across the country. They had the opportunity to play flag football with members of the Cleveland Browns to promote healthy eating and physical activity.
The 2019 rookie class attended and participated in a youth football camp held at FirstEnergy Stadium on June 12, 2019. Greedy Williams danced with the kids, Sione Takitaki lead tackling drills and other members of the rookie class coached flag football games and talked with the kids about their love for the game of football.
The Cleveland Browns Foundation hosted its 20th annual golf outing at Westwood County Club on May 20, 2019 to raise money for education and youth football for kids in Northeast Ohio. Follow along with some of your favorite players as they try to perfect their swings and have fun on the golf course.
The Cleveland Browns hosted the Berea-Midpark football team to watch an OTA practice on Wednesday May 15, 2019. Following the practice, head coach Freddie Kitchens addressed the team until Jarvis Landry, Joel Bitonio and Joe Schobert surprised the team with brand new Xenith Helmets.
The Cleveland Browns hosted an official groundbreaking for a 70-yard field at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio. The team will install high-quality synthetic turf at the center, which becomes the eighth of nine multi-sport playing fields to be funded since summer 2016 through the Browns’ and Dee and Jimmy Haslams’ commitment to youth football as part of Browns Give Back.
Follow Joel Bitonio, as he attends the annual Cleveland Browns Play 60 Football Festival to support Special Olympics! Hundreds of athletes and coaches from the CMSD Special Olympics program were on hand at the Browns Training Facility for a day of Play 60 activities.
The Cleveland Browns hosted the 2019 High School Showcase in the team’s field house on Saturday. During the event, freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have the opportunity to compete in front of talent evaluators from local colleges and universities.
Offensive lineman Joel Bitonio hosted 30 children from City of Cleveland Recreation Centers to “Shop with a Pro” at DICK’S Sporting Goods as part of the Browns’ continued effort to give back throughout the holiday season.
During a visit to Bloom Bakery, Browns players presented Towards Employment $75,000 as part of their commitment to social unity and equality initiatives. The grant is comprised of personal donations made by Browns players, as well as contributions from the team through the NFL’s matching club grant program focused on supporting social justice causes.
Kaylon Cowan-Ross and Omowonuola Obasa were recognized as the 2018 Marion Motley Scholarship recipients. Kaylon and Omowonuola were recognized in an on-field check presentation with Browns alumni Dick Ambrose, and served as the honorary Coin Toss Captains for the game.
Baker Mayfield, David Njoku, Myles Garrett and more Cleveland Browns have specially crafted cleats for this year's My Cause, My Cleats.
The Cleveland Browns Guest Services team has partnered with The Up Side of Downs to employ two team members.
In association with Hard Knocks, players spent time before training camp practice to do drills with kids on the practice fields. Tyrod Taylor led the kids through warm up drills followed by players leading football specific drills and encouraging them to have fun.
The Cleveland Browns Gatorade Junior Training Camp is designed for middle school students, ages 12-14. The camp focused on football fundamentals, skills and personal development.
The Browns First and Ten Blood Drive is coming up this summer on Saturday, July 28.
The Cleveland Browns hosted their Second Annual Browns Give Back Summer Volunteer Blitz. Throughout the day, Browns executives, staff and players committed time from their daily schedules to volunteer for the benefit of Northeast Ohio, focusing on the team’s commitment to education and youth football while engaging the community through its signature First and Ten volunteering movement.
Head Coach Hue Jackson, accompanied by Cleveland Brown staff members, plunged into Lake Erie to fulfill the promise he made at the end of the 2016 season. For every staff member who jumped into the lake with him, Jackson donated $100 toward the Hue Jackson Foundation, which combats human trafficking across Northeast Ohio. The Haslam family matched the funds, totaling to $30,000 raised.
Browns coaches, players, alumni and staff attended the 19th Annual Golf outing to raise money and awareness to benefit education in Northeast Ohio, the mission of the Cleveland Browns Foundation.
The Cleveland Browns hosted a Social Justice Summit and invited Cleveland community leaders and players to discuss ways to positively affect social change in the region. The Summit was attended by Jim Brown, Christian Kirksey, Jamie Collins, Seth DeValve, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, state Senator John Eklund, Cleveland Chief of Police Calvin Williams, among others.
The Cleveland Brows hosted their second equality summit in collaboration with the Cleveland Police Department in which students were invited to continue the conversation about social justice and neighborhood equality and unity.
As part of First and Ten Tuesday, the Browns visited with students at the Glenville Early Learning Center to support the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program supported by the Browns Foundation and the 2000 Days pledge.