Browns Give Back hosts annual 10 Days of Giving (12.3.20)
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Dec. 3, 2020
BEREA, Ohio – As the Browns continually strive to lift spirits throughout Northeast Ohio during the holiday season, the team is hosting its annual “10 Days of Giving” initiative through Browns Give Back, beginning tomorrow through Sunday, Dec. 13.
The festivities start with two special opportunities for the Browns and their loyal fans to make a direct impact with local community partners who are making a significant difference in Northeast Ohio.
- From 6 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital will hold its annual Rainbow Radiothon. For 18 years, the event has raised awareness and funds for UH Rainbow’s efforts to support young children and the staff members who are dedicated to their care and well-being. Whitney Haslam Johnson will join the program at approximately 9:10 a.m. with a special announcement. For more information on the Rainbow Radiothon, visit https://www.uhgiving.org/ways-to-fundraise/uh-events/rainbow-radiothon.
- The Browns, Greater Cleveland Food Bank and News 5 partnered to create the “Taste of the Browns Telethon,” airing on News 5 from 7-7:30. After the annual “Taste of the Browns” event at FirstEnergy Stadium was impacted by the global pandemic, the group collaborated on the telethon to help tackle hunger throughout Northeast Ohio. The program, hosted by Nathan Zegura and Jon Doss, and newscasts that evening will feature special interviews with Dee Haslam, WR Jarvis Landry, former Browns T Joe Thomas, Greater Cleveland Food Bank President and CEO Kristin Warzocha and local celebrity chef Rocco Whalen. For more information and to view available auction items, visit www.GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/TasteTelethon.
Throughout “10 Days of Giving,” Browns players, coaches and staff members will share unique stories about community initiatives and contributions as part of the team’s yearlong commitment to education, youth football, social justice and inspiring others to support their communities through the First and Ten volunteering movement.
Following “10 Days of Giving,” the Browns host the AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium for Monday Night Football on Dec. 14. The team will highlight many significant initiatives as part of Browns Give Back’s “Season of Giving” during the game, including recognition of local community partners and individuals who have made a meaningful impact on Northeast Ohio and beyond this season and throughout 2020.
In addition to the team’s First and Ten volunteering efforts, “10 Days of Giving” encompasses the Cleveland Browns Foundation’s “Stay in the Game! Keep Learning, Every Day” Network and Browns Youth Football. The “Stay in the Game!” Network is focused on promoting equal educational opportunities for all students and school districts in Ohio, as well as combatting chronic absenteeism, while Browns Youth Football remains devoted to assisting the development, safety and growth of youth and high school football throughout the state by helping inspire a love of the game.
Preliminary information on the Browns’ community engagements throughout “10 Days of Giving” is included below. More details will be provided to media members over the course of the event. For more information or interview requests, contact Rob McBurnett (RMcBurnett@ClevelandBrowns.com).
10 Days of Giving:
- Day 1 (Fri., Dec. 4) – UH Rainbow Radiothon and Taste of the Browns Telethon
- Day 2 (Sat., Dec. 5) – First and Ten volunteer opportunity with Toys for Tots, presented by Electronic Merchant Systems
- Day 3 (Sun., Dec. 6) – Highlighting Browns players’ participation in My Cause, My Cleats
- Day 4 (Mon., Dec. 7) – Announcement of Browns 2020 High School Coach of the Year, presented by Ohio CAT
- Day 5 (Tues., Dec. 8) – Providence House’s Deck the House and Browns’ Ed Block Courage Award announcement
- Day 6 (Wed., Dec. 9) – Cleveland Browns Foundation’s “Stay in the Game!” Network and Arby’s Foundation contribution, focused on education
- Day 7 (Thurs., Dec. 10) – Announcement of Browns Walter Payton Man of the Year, presented by Nationwide
- Day 8 (Fri., Dec. 11) – Announcement of First and Ten grant recipient, presented by Mediminal
- Day 9 (Sat., Dec. 12) – “Stay in the Game!” Network/digital divide contribution
- Day 10 (Sun., Dec. 13) – Social justice focus
- Browns vs. Ravens (Monday Night Football, Dec. 14) – “Season of Giving” game theme
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 110,000 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, 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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