Browns media advisory – Browns Get 2 School Network, WR Odell Beckham Jr. reward Canton City School District students with bowling celebration (10.21.19)
*WHO: Cleveland Browns Foundation, WR Odell Beckham Jr. and Canton City School District students
*WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 22
WHERE: AMF Brookgate Lanes
14950 Snow Road, Brook Park, Ohio 44142
WHAT: As part of Browns Give Back’s commitment to education, the Cleveland Browns Foundation and Canton City School District will reward select students with a special bowling celebration on Tuesday, highlighted by a visit and encouraging messages from Browns All-Pro WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Through the “Get 2 School, Stay in the Game!” Network, the Browns, Beckham and Canton City School District (CCSD) are encouraging students to get to school every day so that they can succeed in the classroom and prepare for the future. Canton students attending tomorrow’s event, who were selected for their dedication to perfect attendance in recent weeks and overall classroom leadership, will be recognized for their commitment to education while having the opportunity to bowl, one of Beckham’s favorite off-field activities. The Browns, Beckham and CCSD collaborated to create the event and an attendance “competition” to continue to inspire students to come to school every day.
The Cleveland Browns Foundation is the signature partner for the Canton City School District’s “Get 2 School, Stay in the Game!” local attendance campaign. The Browns work hand in hand with CCSD to help solve problems and remove barriers of students being chronically absent from school, which is defined as missing 10 percent of a school year for any reason.
Studies show that missing even two days a month (about 18 days in a school year) has a significant impact on a child’s learning, as well as their prospects of graduating from high school. The district and its partners, including the Browns, are working to increase awareness of students and parents about the importance of being in school every day and encouraging students to do so. As part of the Get 2 School Network, CCSD is also partnered with Harvard University’s Proving Ground, a policy research group studying the root causes of chronic absenteeism, to help provide support and strategies to combat the problem. After a thorough study conducted by Proving Ground, CCSD implemented two interventions to address chronic absenteeism and is currently involved in a pilot initiative at the high-school level.
The Get 2 School Network is designed to connect its users to each other, state and national experts and high-quality attendance-focused campaign materials, strategies and evaluation tools made possible through a partnership between the Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground at Harvard University. The Get 2 School Network’s backbone is its website, Get2School.org, which is available to all Ohio schools and districts at no cost.
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. 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 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.
*Time and personnel subject to change