Browns 2021 High School Showcase to be hosted in virtual format (3.11.21)
For Immediate Release
March 11, 2021
High school athletes across the country presented opportunity to upload
virtual Combine footage for review by colleges
CLEVELAND, Ohio – As part of the team’s commitment to youth and high school football through Browns Give Back, the Browns will once again host their annual High School Showcase, in association with Xenith. This year’s event will occur in a virtual format, providing high school athletes across the country (ninth-12th grade) an opportunity to upload video of Combine-type testing and position-specific drills to be evaluated by Division II, III, NAIA, and Junior Colleges in the Ohio, New York, Michigan, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky regions.
In a typical year, more than 200 high school athletes gather in the team’s field house for the Browns Youth Football event, joined by Browns alumni and scouting and coaching personnel from various local colleges. To appropriately adhere to COVID-19 protocols, the Browns are launching a platform for prospects to upload footage of them participating in various drills – including the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, shuttle run, bench press and more – that will be made available to participating colleges. Athletes can post their submissions to the portal from March 15-April 16 and can register here.
With the virtual format, the Browns 2021 High School Showcase will now also allow athletes from across the country to participate, which is typically only available to Northeast Ohio high school students.
“Especially given necessary changes to the high school sports experience and recruiting process during the past year, we believed it was more important than ever to provide athletes an opportunity to participate in the Browns High School Showcase in 2021,” said Director of Youth Football Darrell Taylor. “We are excited to offer this new virtual platform as we continue to promote football participation in our region, as well as the ability to expand it to more athletes beyond Northeast Ohio.”
Additionally, members of the Browns coaching staff – assistant strength and conditioning/sports science coach Josh Christovich, assistant defensive backs coach Brandon Lynch and tight ends coach Drew Petzing – will provide video vignettes for all participants to offer tips and encouragement for all athletes.
The Cleveland Browns 2021 High School Showcase is in association with Xenith. The event is also supported each year by University Hospitals and Gatorade.
The Cleveland Browns are committed to assisting the development, safety and growth of youth and high school football throughout Northeast Ohio with year-round programming for players, coaches, officials and parents. Through camps, clinics and other initiatives, the Browns’ goal is to promote healthy, social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of youth by enhancing opportunities for youth football participation and education.
For more information, visit ClevelandBrowns.com/brownsgiveback.
About the Cleveland Browns and Browns Give Back:
The Browns Give Back to Northeast Ohio with a commitment to education and youth football while engaging the community through the team’s signature First and Ten volunteer movement. For more information, visit www.clevelandbrowns.com/brownsgiveback.
Education – The Cleveland Browns are dedicated to improving the quality of education for students in Ohio by making investments that keep kids in school every day so they can succeed, highlighted by the “Stay in the Game! Keep Learning, Every Day” Network. The “Stay in the Game!” Network is a statewide initiative designed to promote the importance of school attendance and put an end to chronic absenteeism. The team engages local school districts and promotes quality education by using attendance data and feedback from families to build a school-going culture, uncover and reduce common barriers to attendance and support engagement opportunities for students to thrive. In the 2020-21 school year, the “Stay in the Game!” Network will partner with 16 school districts, benefitting more than 100,000 students in Ohio. An adaptation of the “Get 2 School, Stay In The Game!” Network, the name change reflects the current environment where schools may not necessarily be able to host in-school learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No matter the circumstances, the “Stay in the Game!” Network will continue to encourage and support students to maintain a strong educational-going mindset to keep learning, every day, aligned with its overall goal to help end chronic absenteeism and provide all students equal opportunities to be successful. To learn more visit, visit Get2School.org.
Youth Football – The Cleveland Browns are committed to assisting the development, safety and growth of youth and high school football throughout Northeast Ohio with year-round programming for players, coaches, officials and parents. Through camps, clinics and other initiatives, the Browns’ goal is to promote healthy, social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of youth by enhancing opportunities for youth football participation and education.
First and Ten – Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team’s community program, established to inspire fans to #give10 and help their communities 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. To date, more than 2.75 million hours of volunteering have been pledged through First and Ten. All Browns fans are encouraged to join the volunteering effort by signing the First and Ten pledge on the team’s website and by sharing their stories with #give10.
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