Browns host field dedication at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio (9.5.19)
*WHO: Cleveland Browns
*Dee and Jimmy Haslam
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio
Tim Grady, Executive Director, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio Academy Program Scholars
*WHEN: Friday, September 6
WHERE: Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio
9438 Dorothy Avenue
Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125
WHAT: The Cleveland Browns on Friday will celebrate the completion of a 70-yard high-quality synthetic turf field at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio. In special recognition of the Browns’ and Dee and Jimmy Haslam’s support, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio will officially name the space “Haslam Field.”
This offseason, the Browns began installing high-quality synthetic turf at the center and Akron Public Schools’ Ellet High School, the eighth and ninth multi-sport playing fields funded since summer 2016 through the Browns’ and Dee and Jimmy Haslams’ commitment to education and youth football.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio’s new field serves as a resource to further engage students in their holistic development from middle school through college. The field will complement the program’s expanded campus in Garfield Heights, allowing nearly 200 BHGH scholars regular access to sports and physical activity. The field will also be available to other youth and groups in the local community.
Last year, Lorain City School District’s George Daniel Field and Toledo’s Roy C. Start High School received new high-quality synthetic turf fields to accommodate multiple male and female high school sports and other programs at each school.
In 2016, the Haslams announced a commitment to provide five Cleveland Metropolitan School District fields with high-quality synthetic turf through a two-year project. Roye Kidd Stadium, James F. Rhodes Stadium and Bump Taylor Stadium were renovated prior to the 2016 high school football season, while John Adams High School and John Marshall High School were updated prior to the 2017 campaign.
The Browns donate all of the team’s net proceeds from items purchased in the Browns FirstEnergy Stadium Pro Shop to support Browns Give Back’s commitment to education and youth football, including to benefit educational initiatives and additional neighborhood fields projects.
Through Browns Give Back, the Cleveland Browns are dedicated to #give10 through the team’s First and Ten initiative. Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team’s community program, established to inspire fans to volunteer in and help their communities throughout the world 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. 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. For more information or to sign the pledge, visit www.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 “Get 2 School, Stay in the Game!” Network. The “Get 2 School” Network is a statewide initiative designed to promote the importance of school attendance and put an end to chronic absenteeism. The team engages local schools 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.
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 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.
Boys Hope Girls Hope provides long term support to high-possibility, at-risk youth through intensive out-of-school-time programs from middle school through career. The program, which was founded in 1986, serves nearly 200 children from throughout Cleveland and Akron, including up to 20 residents who live in one of the program’s three family-like homes.
*Time and personnel subject to change