Browns to Pay for Cleveland Schools Football Programs
CLEVELAND (June 9) - The Cleveland Browns are making a season-saving tackle for some high school football programs.
The NFL club is donating $300,000 to fund nine city high school teams who otherwise would have had their 2005 football seasons canceled because of a lack of finances in one of the nation's most troubled school districts.
The Browns will announce the contribution at a Friday news conference in the team's Berea headquarters. Team president John Collins will attend the ceremony along with Cleveland schools chief executive Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
The club is making the contribution - the largest one-time donation ever received by Cleveland's school district - just four months after the Cleveland Indians gave $250,000 to pay for the city's baseball and softball programs.
The money given by the Browns will be used to pay for the football programs at the following high schools: Collinwood, East, East Tech, Rhodes, JFK, John Marshall, Lincoln West, South and Glenville.
Cleveland's school district has been plagued by financial trouble for years. It is operating with a $36 million deficit and in August will try to pass a $48 million tax increase in America's poorest big city.
The city's football programs have produced several standout Division I college players over the years. Current Ohio State star wide receiver/punt returner Ted Ginn Jr. was an All-American at Glenville.
Last season, Glenville lost in the state semifinals to Canton McKinley.
In February, Indians owner Larry Dolan made the American League team's donation after school district officials told the team about the plight of their cashed-strapped baseball and softball programs. The Indians have donated more than $1 million in the past decade to support boys baseball and girls softball in Cleveland.
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This makes very proud to be a Browns/Indidans fan. :bowdown