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Hometown Huddle Again a Success

The Browns rolled up their sleeves Tuesday for the tenth annual Hometown Huddle event at the Bellefaire JCB Monarch School in Shaker Heights.

Zac Jackson, Staff Writer, 10.07.2008

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The Browns rolled up their sleeves Tuesday for the tenth annual Hometown Huddle event at the Bellefaire JCB Monarch School in Shaker Heights.

The Browns and the United Way of Greater Cleveland collaborate on a Huddle event each fall. For this one, more than 50 Browns staffers were joined by volunteers from the United Way, The Sherwin-Williams Company and Oswald Companies.

Among the Browns players lending a hand: Andra Davis, Brodney Pool, Brady Quinn, Kris Griffin, Mike Adams and Shaun Smith.

Benefitting from this year's Huddle is the Bellefaire JCB's Monarch School a chartered, non-public school that provides special education programs for children with autism. Some of the students spent some time with the visiting Browns players Tuesday morning.

"I would think I learned a lot, lent a hand and did something that's going to be good for a long time," Pool said. "Anytime it's for the kids, I'm all for it."

The volunteers built a fitness zone that includes an outdoor fitness trail and installation of indoor fitness equipment, provided with assistance from Dick's Sporting Goods.When it's finished, included in the fitness zone will be treadmills, cycles, a Bouncy Bounce, Zig Zag Balance Beam, an Airbounder and a sensory garden specially designed for autistic children.

"It's nice to get out in the community, give back and get a little dirty," Davis said. "It's a good cause and I think the kids will enjoy it."

The Monarch School fitness zone is the second built during the Hometown Huddle, an NFL-wide initiative which in the past produced a house for a family in need, playgrounds and provided learning centers for underprivileged children.

Browns Director of Community Relations Renee Harvey said the fitness zone allows the Huddle to also incorporate the NFL's ‘Play 60' platform, which encourages kids to get 60 minutes of physical exercise each day.

"Thanks to the players and staff who volunteered, this was a fantastic day and it should produce a fantastic finished product for the Monarch School," Harvey said.

Cleveland Browns Play 60 is in association with Cleveland Clinic, Medical Mutual of Ohio and 3-A-Day of Dairy. House of Blues Cleveland provided lunch for the volunteers Tuesday.

 

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