With clear skies and temperatures in the mid 80s, it was a perfect morning for training camp as the Cleveland Browns' 2017 rookie class gathered to act as coaches and motivators for over 200 Northeast Ohio youth football players. The camp is part of the Cleveland Browns Give Back programs as well as their commitment year round to youth and high school football. The event was co-sponsored by University Hospitals and Purell.
The week long event culminated with the 2017 Cleveland Browns rookie class joining the Friday morning practice while sharing their football skills, expertise and encouragement to excel not only in sports but also in the classroom. Their actions also demonstrated the importance of giving back to their communities as part of the #give10 program that is part of the First and Ten Initiative.
While the young players were busy on the field, volunteers from University Hospitals, along with Cleveland Browns head medical physician Dr. Sean Cupp and Dr. Michael Salata, met with the parents to discuss concussion awareness, hydration and player health safety issues. Each day, Arby’s (a partner with the Cleveland Browns) supplied lunch for all the coaches and participants.
As the many youthful players ran through their drills followed by sessions of flag football, the Cleveland Browns rookie class acted as coaches, giving the teams their plays and cheering them on. It was a morning of high fives, positive reinforcement and encouragement as the young players tried their best to master the new techniques.
For many seasons, the Cleveland Browns have been committed to the development and growth of safe youth and high school football programs throughout the Northeast Ohio area. Over the course of the year, numerous camps, clinics and other opportunities are available to players, coaches and parents, with the goal of promoting healthy, socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically well-adjusted youth who participate in the various area football programs.
Through the First and Ten Initiative, the Cleveland Browns players go out to area schools to promote educational programs such as “Get 2 School, You Can Make It.” The First and Ten Initiative was founded in 2014 to encourage Browns fans to become involved as volunteers in their communities. Fans are encouraged to sign up on the Cleveland Browns website and share their experiences after volunteering for 10 hours. This program has lead to over 1.5 million hours of community service being pledged throughout the Cleveland Browns fan base around the world.