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Hats Off To Our Heroes: Donald Bloom
This week's hero is Don Bloom, the head custodian at Akron Public Schools. When the pandemic began, Don not only took on the sole responsibility of cleaning the school to make it safe for students and staff, he also volunteered to pass out breakfast and lunch to kids in the neighborhood that needed help when the school was shut down.
Rashard Higgins Visits Virtually with Maple Heights Students
Wide receiver Rashard Higgins hosted a Q&A session with Maple Heights students hosted by Nathan Zegura. Higgins discussed with the students the importance of education and making good decisions.
Hats Off To Our Heroes: Holly Miller
This week's hero is Holly Miller, the Director of Nursing at Crawford Manor, who gave up her wedding day to care for her patients. Holly works primarily with the elderly in the nursing home and works all hours around the clock to care for them.
Hats Off To Our Heroes: Cathy Davis
This week's hero is Cathy Davis, the Administrator for Northern Ohio Recovery Association. Cathy wears many hats and has helped manage to keep the food pantry open during the pandemic, despite the uptick in individuals needing assistance, whether it be from food, mental health or addiction. Cathy mentors the youth by teaching them job skills and helps court appointees reduce their fines by volunteering at NORA. Cathy does a little bit of it all to help those in need.
Browns Award 2020 Marion Motley Scholarship
Last week, as part of the Browns annual 10 days of giving, the Cleveland Browns' and College Now Greater Cleveland's partnership for the Marion Motley Scholarship awarded two Cleveland Metropolitan School District scholars $10,000 to put towards their college education. The Marion Motley scholarship provides an opportunity for Northeast Ohio high school seniors to pursue their dreams of receiving a college education.
Hats Off To Our Heroes: Nick Frank
This week's hero is Nick Frank, a registered nurse at University Hospitals. When the pandemic began, Nick not only had to deal with COVID-19 at work, but also at home, when his 1.5 year old tested positive for the virus. After his recovery, his wife started showing symptoms and Nick stayed home to take care of the household while his wife recovered. Nick not only helped his family through COVID, but numerous others as well.
Hats Off To Our Heroes: Alice Ramser
This week's hero is Alice Ramser, the Director & Treasurer of Audrey's Outreach. Alice helped transition from indoor food & supply donations to a drive-through to keep all participants safe during the pandemic. Alice, from all of us at the Browns, we thank you.
Hats Off To Our Heroes: Chris Louis
This week's hero is Chris Louis, a firefighter and paramedic for the Akron Fire Department. Every shift, Chris is put at risk when making house calls, but he and his team follow the necessary protocols to keep both them and their families safe. Chris, from all of us at the Browns, we thank you.
Hats Off To Our Heroes: Kelsey Lesniak
This week's hero is Kelsey Lesniak, a Clinical Research Specialist at University Hospitals. When the COIVD-19 pandemic began, Kelsey stepped up to the plate to lead two important clinical trials that helped obtain valuable data to help diagnose, treat and prevent COVID-19.
Browns Donate $350,000 To Help Bridge The Digital Divide in East Cleveland
On Thursday members of the East Cleveland city schools joined the Browns in a team meeting where the team announced it was donating $350,000 to the East Cleveland City Schools to help close the digital divide and address the educational issues that stem from the lack of resources in the community.
Tributes at Twilight featuring Jacob Phillips
On Saturday October 17th 2020, as part of the Browns' Crucial Catch initiative, the Browns presented Tributes at Twilight, a visual driving experience at FirstEnergy stadium in partnership with the American Cancer Society. Also, Linebacker Jacob Phillips dedicates a luminary to a loved one.
Sheldrick Redwine Donates Cleats to Cleveland Youth Football Program
Last week, through the Nike Youth Football Captains program, Browns safety Sheldrick Redwine spoke with the Cleveland Bombers Youth Football program via Zoom, sharing that the team would be receiving 88 new pairs of NIKE cleats, on behalf of the Browns, his Gloria Redwine Foundation and NIKE.
Browns players talk with high school teams about making a difference
Larry Ogunjobi and Charley Hughlett joined players and coaches from Kirtland and Shaker Heights to talk about making a difference in the community as part of the Build The Bridge initiative. Build the Bridge strives to create a coalition of coaches, players, parents, administration and community members to foster the success of student-athletes through social-emotional, educational, and athletic advancement. The program creates opportunities for all team members to build relationships and mutual respect between diverse communities, regardless of their race, class or creed.
Hats Off To Our Heroes: Matt Keene
Matt Keene has been selected for this week's Hats Off To Our Heroes award. Matt is an assistance manager at Applebee's. Since the pandemic began, Matt and his team wanted to help out in the community and have donated food to first responders, including police officers and fireman.
2020 Cleveland Browns Virtual Youth Football Clinic
Take part in the 2020 Cleveland Browns Virtual Youth Football Clinic, in association with University Hospitals. Learn drills and take part in challenges to help sharpen your football skills. Dr. Sean Cupp from University Hospitals shares some need to know sports medicine information and some of the Cleveland Browns Rookies talk about why it's important to #StayInTheGame. Be sure to post your progress on social media with #BrownsClinic or by tagging @BrownsYouthFB.
Northeast Ohio Youth Football Summit Day 1
High School and Youth Football Connection. Coach Mike Elder, Avon High School, will lead a discussion on how to build your program and connect to youth football coaches in your area. The Cleveland Browns are hosting the 3rd Annual Northeast Ohio Youth Football Summit in a new format - virtually. The youth football coaches' summit will feature sessions led by local high school coaches, Cleveland Browns coaches, players, and alumni. During the summit, coaches will learn proper tackling techniques, the fundamentals of coaching, key communication skills, practice preparation, and other essential skills for youth football player, coach and program development.
University Hospitals - Getting Back to Taking Care of You
The COVID-19 outbreak presented an unprecedented public health crisis with quickly changing information, new rules to follow, and life disrupted in an extraordinary way. University Hospitals is so appreciative of everything you did to keep your family, friends, neighbors and our health care workers safe. But now, University Hospitals physicians, nurses and staff are ready to care for all of your health needs that have been postponed for the greater good. Now is the time to take care of yourself and your family.
Cleveland Browns Showcase Weekend in new fieldhouse
The Cleveland Browns in association with Xenith held a combine-inspired showcase in the newly renovated fieldhouse to prepare kids for their upcoming football seasons. Kids grades K-12 were able to participate in combine drills such as the 40 yard dash, the broad jump, the vertical jump and other combine drills with their peers.
Browns present $135,000 donation to support Imagination Library
Through the "Get 2 School, Stay in the Game!" Network, the Cleveland Browns presented a $135,000 matching donation to support funding of the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library in the East Cleveland City School District during a celebration of Tackle Reading Across America Day at Superior Elementary.
Inspire Change: Get 2 School, Stay in the Game!
The purpose of Inspire Change is to facilitate conversations and actions that move us towards a more equal and just tomorrow. Watch how the Browns' "Get 2 School, Stay in the Game!" Network tackles chronic absenteeism through it's vision for student success. #inspirechange
Inspire Change: 2019 First and Ten Movement
The purpose of Inspire Change is to facilitate conversations and actions that move us towards a more equal and just tomorrow. Watch as players discuss how the Browns' First and Ten movement helps them make a difference in the community through volunteerism and inspiring others to do the same.
Inspire Change: 2019 Youth Football and Field Refurbishment
The purpose of Inspire Change is to facilitate conversations and actions that move us towards a more equal and just tomorrow. Watch as players and ownership discuss how donating fields and equipment to various schools in northeast Ohio helps reduce barriers to opportunity. #inspirechange
Arby's Foundation donates $100,000 to Cleveland Browns Foundation
Furthering its dedication to helping kids dream big, the Arby's Foundation presented Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) with $100,000 as part of their local grants program in support of the Cleveland Browns Foundation's "Get 2 School, Stay in the Game!" Network, a statewide initiative designed to promote the importance of school attendance and put an end to chronic absenteeism.
Cleveland Browns surprise East 88th St. Browns with $10,000, new helmets and tickets to the Super Bowl
The Cleveland Browns hosted the East 88th St. Browns to give them a tour of the facility. During the tour, they were surprised with $10,000 for their program, new helmets for the players and two tickets to the Super Bowl.
Christian Kirksey & LMM: Milestone Moment at Bonna House
The Browns mark the beginning of their house rehab project with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM). This duplex house will become a home to two families who are part of the Chopping for Change program.
With a $100,000 gift from the team, the Browns are making a difference for families who are homeless. This marks the first day of renovating homes and transforming lives.
Shop with a Pro: Joel Bitonio | Browns Community
Joel Bitonio carries on Joe Thomas' shop with a pro tradition at Dick's Sporting Goods by taking kids on a holiday shopping spree. Kids are rewarded $200 to pick out whatever they would like including shoes, jackets and toys to enjoy the holidays.
OBJ and Baker grant a wish
Denim Lowe is 8 years old who's been diagnosed with a malignant neoplasm. With help from Make a Wish and the Cleveland Browns Denim traveled to Berea to tour the Browns' training facility and get some football tips from Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield.
Browns to host High School Showcase in March
All athletes, kindergarten through twelfth grade, who want to compete like the pros, join us at the NEW Cleveland Browns Showcase Weekend in association with Xenith March 6th – 8th, 2020 at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility.
The weekend events will feature combine-style testing as well as position specific drills, including: passing, route running, linemen work, agility drills, kicking and punting, plus so much more. Division II, III and NAIA colleges have been invited to observe Saturday's Showcase. Space is limited go to Clevelandbrowns.com/ShowcaseWeekend to reserve your spot today.
Mack Wilson & JC Tretter visit US Coast Guard - Cleveland Harbor
Mack Wilson, JC Tretter and Browns alumnus Hanford Dixon visited the US Coast Guard Station - Cleveland Harbor to meet and greet with US Coast Guard members, went on a tour of the facility and drove a coast guard boat in Lake Erie to see FirstEnergy Stadium from the water.
Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network Launch Event
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
Browns, Maple Heights School District celebrate launch of Get 2 School Network
As part of Browns Give Back's commitment to education, the Cleveland Browns Foundation and Maple Heights School District celebrated the recent launch of the Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network during a visit to Barack Obama Elementary School. While at the school, Browns players David Njoku and Demetrius Harris recognized select students and congratulated them for showing exemplary or significantly improved attendance.
Get 2 School initiative launched to tackle absenteeism
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.
Ninth annual Adapted Football League All-Star game held at FirstEnergy Stadium
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.
Fuel Up To Play 60 10 year anniversary at FirstEnergy Stadium
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.
Greedy Williams and rookies attend Youth Football Camp at FirstEnergy Stadium
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.
Cleveland Browns Foundation hosts 20th annual golf outing
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.
Browns surprise Berea-Midpark football team with $25,000 in new Xenith helmets
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.
Browns host field groundbreaking at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio
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.
Cleveland Browns donate $75,000 to leadership institute
Members of the Cleveland Browns organization took a tour of Edwins Restaurant & Leadership Institute in Cleveland. On the tour they learned about the rehabilitation for its employees and donated $75,000 to renovate housing and help with the addition of a bakery.