Sports commission, Browns announce community projects ahead of NFL Draft


CLEVELAND (WJW)– Representatives from the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and the Cleveland Browns announced various community projects surrounding the 2021 NFL Draft during a virtual news conference on Wednesday.

The focus will be on pandemic recovery, including the digital divide, food insecurity, health disparities and mental health awareness.

“We plan way ahead of time how to use these major events, and the draft in particular, as a platform for community change and legacy,” said sports commission president David Gilbert. “We efforts around the draft will leave a legacy, a legacy for youth, a legacy around diversity and inclusion, specifically the exciting Power of Sport Summit, and other really important social responsibilities.”

The sports commission and the Browns will host the Cleveland Power of Sport Summit April 29 to May 1 at Progressive Field. The free event centers around diversity, equity and inclusion, and sports as an agent of change.

Other events:

  • Greater Cleveland Food Bank Distribution: April 27 1 – 4pm ET, City of Cleveland Muni-Lot
  • NFL Green Tree Restoration at Big Creek Reservation: April 27, 1pm ET, Big Creek Reservation, Lower Fern Hill Picnic Area.
  • Play Football Town Hall: April 27, 6:00pm. – 7:30pm ET, St. Ignatius High School Breen Center
  • NFL Green Community Garden Build: April 28, 10am ET, William Rainey Harper School 
  • Inspire Change Huddle Legacy Event—Bridging the Digital Divide with Cisco: April 29, 10am – 11am ET, Cleveland Public Library-Rice Branch, 11535 Shaker Blvd.
  • Field Refurbishment Groundbreaking Ceremony & Community Garden Build: April 30 at 1pm ET, Shaw High School Stadium
  • NFL FLAG Regional Tournament: May 1, 8am– 7pm ET, Hall of Fame Village Sports Complex

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