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Browns grant funds new turf at Cleveland field
BEREA, OH (WOIO) -
Dwayne Browder Football Field in Cleveland's Central neighborhood will get a new synthetic turf football field, thanks in part to a $200,000 grant from the Cleveland Browns through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program, as well as funding from the City of Cleveland's Capital Improvement Program.
The grant from the Browns, the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to non-profit community development corporation Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. (BBC), is part of $2.5 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year.
The new Dwayne Browder field will service a local youth football team in the 26-team Cleveland Muny Football League, and East Technical High School's football team.
The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program – a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, the nation's leading community development support organization – has supported the construction or renovation of 290 football fields nationwide since 1998.
During that time, the NFL Foundation has granted nearly $37 million to revitalize playing fields in underserved neighborhoods. Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements such as irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf.
Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.
"The passion that Cleveland and Ohio have for football at all levels of competition is significantly heightened by the positive influence it has on our youth," said Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam. "We are honored to help present this grant that will benefit young athletes and coaches in our community as we remain committed to the development, safety and growth of youth football throughout Northeast Ohio."
LISC identifies local, nonprofit, community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and neighborhood parks.
Through the program, local agencies are provided with the necessary financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their communities.
The agencies oversee the construction, maintenance and programming of the fields.
"These fields are useful in so many ways," said Michael Rubinger, LISC's president and CEO. "With them, local organizations can promote good physical fitness, teamwork, and community spirit – all critical elements of neighborhood health. The NFL Foundation has been a great partner in creating these essential community assets."
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MinuteClinic, USA Football to honor and award football team moms this fall
MinuteClinic, the walk-in medical clinic inside CVS/pharmacy® and official sports physical provider and retail drug store partner of USA Football, is recognizing and rewarding football team moms across the country this fall.
Football moms hold important responsibilities and MinuteClinic wants to celebrate the accomplishments of these sometimes unnoticed team members.
“I think it’s awesome that USA Football and MinuteClinic are recognizing football moms,” said Kim Brown of Kansas City, Kan., a coach’s wife and mom of five with three boys playing football. “Moms may never score the winning touchdown or make that game-saving tackle, but we are practice-driving, snack-packing, jersey-washing, pant-scrubbing experts that cherish every moment on and off the field of just being a mom.”
A microsite with more information about the program can be found at www.usafootball.com/mom.
“Football moms have a significant role in keeping every football family together,” USA Football executive director Scott Hallenbeck said. “We’re proud to stand with MinuteClinic to recognize and honor them on a national level.”
USA Football and MinuteClinic will select 100 outstanding football team moms from across the country and award them with a Team Mom t-shirt, cooler bag, game day accessory kit and a $20 CVS gift card. Ten (10) finalists will be selected by an online vote to compete for the Team Mom of the Year Award, which includes a $5,000 equipment grant, a $500 spa gift certificate and a Team Mom of the Year jersey. Each of the 10 finalists also will receive a $1,000 equipment grant as well as a $100 gift card from Sports Authority.
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Cleveland Muny Football League is a proud member of USA Football. All of our football coaches will complete the Level 1 coaches certification for tackle football. With this certification our coaches recieve training in how to coach the heads up method of tackling to improve player safety. Please check out the USA Football site for more information.
Field Dedicated in Honor of Community Leader
CLEVELAND — Dozens turned out for a special dedication on the city’s east side Sunday morning.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, along with other city leaders, dedicated the Lonnie Burten Recreation Field in honor of Dwayne Browder.
The field is home to Cleveland Muny Football League’s CMHA/Lonnie Burten Organization. Browder has served as the leader of the organization for 22 years.
Browder was also recognized Sunday for his leadership with the youth in local neighborhoods. He says the league helps fight a rising epidemic.
“We’re losing a battle with a lot of kids and teenagers today, and if someone doesn’t step up and help them, this thing can get even worse, and we’re not trying to let it get worse, we’re trying to get it better,” said Browder.
Brodwer says the league is one of a few in Ohio that does not charge children to play. He is hoping for some more financial support from the community.