During this unprecedented time, we want to provide our Cleveland-community with uplifting messaging that's focused on what we do best: sports.
We've been hearing and reading so many positive stories that give us hope during this time and we're confident that we can inspire others by sharing these stories that come out of the sports-community.
Sports teach us many important life lessons such as overcoming challenges by coming together as a team, providing a sense of community and creating new opportunities to achieve a common goal. Below you'll find our weekly lists of 'good news in sports' stories that show these life lessons are being put to work in communities across the globe.
Additionally, every other week we'll be hosting Good News in Sports: Team Edition where you get to meet the team that makes up this fun group at Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
MLB ANNOUNCES 60-GAME SCHEDULE FOR 2020 SEASON
It's official, baseball is back. After originally being postponed back in March, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced last week the implementation of a 60-game schedule as a modified 2020 season.
The season is set to begin on July 23 or 24 and run until September 27, with a standard playoff schedule to follow.
We know we're not the only ones who can't wait to witness some live Tribe baseball very soon.
CLEVELAND BROWNS AND GM ANDREW BERRY LAUNCH #BETHESOLUTION CAMPAIGN AIMED AT FIGHTING RACIAL INJUSTICE
Last week, Cleveland Browns announced their #BeTheSolution campaign, as a way to provide an opportunity to turn words into actions in the fight against racial injustice.
The days following nationwide protests, Browns GM Andrew Berrysent a heartfelt email out to all Browns employees challenging them to join him in taking action, ultimately inspiring what would become the #BeTheSolution campaign that now invites the participation of Browns fans. The campaign encourages all who wish to get involved to do the following:
Berry is right. This moment is bigger than sports and it’s important to create spaces listening, learning and progress to take place. If interested in getting involved and uniting together, visit clevelandbrowns.com
DESTINATION CLEVELAND CREATES 'CLEAN COMMITTED' PROGRAM TO SAFELY BRING BACK TOURISM
This June, our partners over at Destination Cleveland (DC) launched their CLEAN COMMITTED program to aid the region’s businesses emerge as quickly and safely as possible from the COVID-19 pandemic.
DC is asking tourism and hospitality business owners to be CLEAN COMMITTED by adopting a standing set of cleanliness practices including disinfecting, physical distancing, engineering controls and safe practices for both workers and customers.
Interested businesses can enroll with four easy steps.
If your business is interested in committing, visit thisiscleveland.com
Welcome to Week Eleven of Good News in Sports: Team Edition! We've got our of our team's best this week: Nick Volsko!
Nick is the Director of Corporate Partnerships for Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
Nick joined our team in 2013 and is responsible for generating revenue for the organization through strategic corporate partnerships for GCSC events. Prior to his role, Volsko has extensive sales and business development experience working with the Manchester Monarchs Hockey Club and Columbus Crew.
Nick is a graduate of the University of Mount Union and currently resides in Willoughby, Ohio with his wife Ana, and their children Brahm and Grace.
WNBA ANNOUNCED COLLABORATION WITH GLSEN AND FANANTICS ON EXCLUSIVE PRIDE LINE IN CELEBRATION OF LGTBQ+ PRIDE MONTH
In celebration of LGTBQ+ Pride Month, the WBNA teamed up with GLSEN and Fanatics for an exclusive Pride branded apparel line featuring WNBA team logos. All proceeds will benefit GLSEN, an educational organization who works to ensure that LGTBQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and discrimination.
It's inspiring to see the level of respect and support the WNBA has for all its athletes, coaches and communities by creating a space of for anybody and everybody to feel accepted, welcomed and loved.
ALL THREE CLEVELAND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAM TAKE MUTUAL STANCE OF SUPPORT ON RACIAL INJUSTICE AND EQUALITY
It’s been powerful to see the mutual stance of support of all three Cleveland professional sports teams have taken on recent events regarding racial injustice in this country and in our community.
Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians all issued statements last week on their commitment to work with their athletes, coaches and local civic and community leaders to listen, learn and take action in support of social injustice and diversity efforts.
It is our community’s hope to use sports and hosted events as a unifier to ensure all efforts and actions create positive change both on and off the field, and further elevate the conversation around diversity and inclusion to ensure that all our differences are embraced.
ROCK HALL REOPENED ITS DOORS THIS WEEK, OFFERED A SPECIAL FREE ADMISSION DAY FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS
One of Cleveland’s top attractions, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, re-opened its doors this week after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a token of appreciation for our communities’ front lines workers, the Rock Hall offered a special free admission day on Sunday, June 14 for healthcare workers and their families.
As the community adjusts to this new normal, it’s amazing to see one of our valued partners going out of their way to support and thank those who supported our community through this difficult time.
Welcome to Week Nine of Good News in Sports: Team Edition! We've got one of our newest team members this week, Brittany Penn!
Brittany Penn is the Event Coordinator for Greater Cleveland Sports Commission where she assisted in the organization, planning and execution for all hosted sporting events.She joined our team in August 2019.
Prior to her role, she worked under the Enforcement Certification and Approvals Group for the NCAA. Brittany also has experience working with the Indiana Colts, 500 Festival, NIKE Tournament of Champions and Indiana Sports Corporation.
Whether it’s a hike or a workout, Brittany loves to be active.As an Indiana native, Brittany is excited to make The Land her home and explore all this city has to offer.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS ANDRE DRUMMOND GIVES SERVER AT FLORIDA RESTAURANT TEARS OF HAPPINESS AFTER LEAVING $1,000 TIP
This past weekend, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Andre Drummond left a server at a Florida restaurant speechless after leaving her a $1,000 tip on his $164 bill.
Kassandra Diaz said she was shaking and was flooded with "tears of happiness" after she opened the checkbook. After she posted a picture of the receipt to her Instagram, Drummond replied thanking her for her amazing service and the restaurant for its hospitality.
As many restaurants and their staff have been struggling due to COVID, Drummond’s big act of kindness goes a long way for Diaz.
CLEVELAND BROWNS' HEAD COACH KEVIN STEFANSKI AND BROWNS LEGEND BERNIE KOSAR OFFER UP ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCES TO BENEFIT THOSE BATTLING FOOD INSECURITY
Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski and Browns legend Bernie Kosar are the latest to offer up once-in-a-lifetime experiences as part of the “All-In Challenge.”
More than 400 celebrities and athletes have offered up unique sporting experiences for the challenge, raising more than $45 million dollars to help those struggling to put food on the table during the pandemic.
Stefanski is offering winners the opportunity to help him and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt script the first 15 plays of one of the Browns' preseason games. Meanwhile, Kosar is offering a winner and three guests the opportunity to watch a game alongside him and celebrity Cleveland-chef Michael Symon in a private suite at FirstEnergy Stadium for a regular season game.
If you're interested in either package and want to help out a great cause, enter below.
MEDICAL MUTUAL TEAMS UP WITH JENNINGS TO CELEBRATE OLDER AMERICANS MONTH WITH DRIVE-BY PARADE
One of our valued partners in the Cleveland community, Medical Mutual, teamed up with the staff at Jennings, an assisted-living facility, to organize a drive-parade for its residents to celebrate Older Americans Month.
The 50-car parade included decorated cars from Medical Mutual and Jennings staff, families of residents, local elected officials, as well as police and fire vehicles.
Residents sat outside holding “one day at a time” signs and waved at the cars parading around the facility that brought both tears and joy to their eyes. As a highly-impacted community of COVID-19, residents we’re so excited and appreciative of an event which reminded them to remain positive, persevere and keep moving forward.
As promised, we're changing it up this week with Good News in Sports: Team Edition where you get to know the team that makes up this fun group at Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. We’re kicking off this new edition with one of our favorites: Rachael Stentz-Baugher or as we call her, RSB.
Rachael is the Vice President of Administration & Development for Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
Since 2001, Rachael has served in various roles most prominently in community programming. She has hands on event experience working with many of the region’s leading non-profits such as the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk and Heart Ball, Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk and Celebration of Hope Gala and American Liver Foundation Liver Life Walk and Flavors of Northeast Ohio.
Rachael enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, adventure travel and exploring Cleveland with her family.
We hope you enjoyed the above video of our first Good News in Sports: Team Edition interview. We'll be back next week with more good news. Stay safe & stay healthy, Cleveland.
NATIONAL NURSES DAY: ATHLETES AROUND THE WORLD MAKE JERSEYS TO HONOR HEALTHCARE HEROES
Last week the nation celebrated National Nurses Week. To honor healthcare heroes, more than 30 athletes from around the world shared video messages via social media in part of the #TheRealHeroes Project.
Athletes from 14 sports leagues including Aaron Judge, Drew Brees, Carli Lloyd and Wayne Gretzky, shot videos in their homes to celebrate individual healthcare workers. They duct taped their own jerseys and replaced names with healthcare workers to show respect to those who have had to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.
ARBYS TEAM UP TO OFFER 520 CMSD STUDENT ONE YEAR OF FREE WIFI THROUGH 'GET 2 SCHOOL, STAY IN THE GAME' NETWORK
Cleveland Browns teamed up with Arby’s Foundation and Cleveland Metropolitan School District to identify 520 students in need who will receive free WiFi for one year.
The Arby’s Foundation grant is through the Browns “Get 2 School, Stay in the Game” Network, which was established last summer to encourage regular school attendance.
Following school closures across the state, these organization’s saw the need to relocate the funds to provide students, in a community where the majority of homes do not have access to reliable internet, with the ability to access educational resources electronically.
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS DONATES 1,500 N95 RESPIRATORS TO BRECKSVILLE FIREFIGHTS AND PARAMEDICS
With recent plans to build a research and development center in Brecksville, Sherwin-Williams announced a donation of 1,500 N95 respirators to the city’s firefighters and paramedics. These masks will help reduce these first responder’s exposure to COVID-19 as they respond to emergency calls.
This donation also comes after Sherwin-Williams announced in April a donation of over 250,000 masks, gloves and other pieces of personal protective equipment to health care workers
CLEVELAND BROWNS' DENZEL WARD SURPRISES INDIVIDUALS, SMALL BUSINESSES STRUGGLING FROM PANDEMIC BY COVERING MONTHLY EXPENSES
Cleveland Browns cornerback, Denzel Ward, is helping overcome the challenges many local individuals and small businesses are facing by coming together as a team. Not only did Ward commit to covering large monthly expenses for 21 local individuals and small businesses affected by the pandemic, but he went out of his way to personally call the recipients to deliver the news himself.
ESPN TO HIGHLIGHT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition of this, EPSN will be highlighting stories of key athletes, coaches and other sports figures on how they have been managing their mental health and well-being.
These stories will reflect a broad range of experiences, including how sports figures are coping and managing anxiety and stress, in the hope they can help raise awareness, provide more information and improve the understanding about mental health in the sports world.
BRECKSVILLE-BROADVIEW HEIGHTS TEACHER RUNS MARATHON THROUGH STUDENT'S NEIGHBORHOODS TO BOOST MORALE
When the pandemic led to Ohio closing schools, teachers across the state have been left with how to figure out how to finish out the school year.
This past Sunday, a local teacher from Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, did something extraordinary for his students. Sean Brennan, decked out in his school colors, ran a 26.2 mile marathon throughout students' neighborhoods in effort to show his students that they have not been forgotten and boost morale.
86TH NFL DRAFT TO SHOWCASE CLEVELAND APRIL 29-MAY 1, 2021
Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Destination Cleveland and the Cleveland Browns today announced the 86th NFL Draft will be held April 29 - May 1, 2021 in Downtown Cleveland. The event will bring NFL fans together at iconic locations around FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to celebrate the game of football and show the world what makes Cleveland a destination city.
WNBA DELIVERS MOST-WATCHED DRAFT IN 16 YEARS
The 2020 WNBA Draft became the most watched WNBA Draft in 16 years and the second most-watched in ESPN’s history. This year’s event was held virtually and averaged 387-thousand viewers, which is up 123 percent over last year.
The WNBA also introduced the Kobe and Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award, which recognizes a group or individual who has made significant contributions to the perception and advancement of girls’ and women’s basketball.
TIGER WOODS, PEYTON MANNING TO FACE PHIL MICKELSON, TOM BRADY IN CORONAVIRUS CHARITY GOLF MATCH
Next month, golf icons Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will go head-to-head once again, but this time joined by two of the NFL's greatest players of all time: Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. The match will be a two-on-two live golf competition called The Match: Champions for Charity, with all donations and fundraising to benefit COVID-19 relief.
50 MLB PLAYERS TEAM UP TO PROVIDE OVER 4 MILLION MEALS AS PART OF 'HOME PLATE PROJECT' INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS CHILDHOOD HUNGER
MLB announced 50 players representing all 30 MLB clubs teamed up to raise nearly $1 million, providing over 4 million meals as part of the 'Home Plate Project' initiative to address childhood hunger due to COVID-19 pandemic.
With schools shut down, MLB players collected donations for the more than 20 million students in the US and Canada that rely on school-provided or free reduced-price meals.
WKYC STUDIOS & CLEVELAND INDIANS 'OUR KIDS, OUR TRIBE' RAISES NEARLY $75,000 FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF NORTHEAST OHIO
WKYC, Cleveland Indians and other local organizations partnered up to host 'Our Kids, Our Tribe" fundraiser, which raised nearly $75,000 to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 16, WKYC aired one-and-a-half hours of special programming featuring Cleveland Indians players and alumni, including Sandy Alomar Jr., Shane Bieber, Cookie Carrasco and Terry Francona. The proceeds raised will go toward the clubs creation of virtual programming, meals, membership fees and more.
POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE LAUNCHES "LIFE IS A TEAM SPORT" TO SUPPORT ATHLETES, COACHES AND PARENTS WHILE YOUTH SPORTS ON HIATUS
Positive Coaching Alliance launched its “Life is A Team Sport” campaign to deliver resources and provide support to youth athletes, coaches and parents across the nation who are currently left without the benefits of youth organized sports. A leader in developing youth character and life skills, PCA will extend access to its curriculum, designed to help student-athletes build character and teach how to make positive contributions to their teams on-and-off the field, for free for anyone to try at home.
CLEVELAND BROWNS ANNOUNCE 'HATS OFF TO OUR HEROES' FUND
The Cleveland Browns announced all team proceeds from their new jersey sales will go directly to their “Hat Off to Our Heroes,” fund. This fund will be focused on supporting health care professionals, first responders and educational professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The fabric of these jerseys has always united us as one team, connecting us by a common thread. Now, they will bring us together for a common cause.”
'HOME WITH HAMMY': CLEVELAND INDIANS ANNOUNCERS TOM HAMILTON TO CALL FAN HOME VIDEOS
While the unknown status of the 2020 Major League Baseball season, Cleveland Indians announcer Tom Hamilton is not going to make you wait to hear him call ball games. The Tribe announced last week a new segment called 'Home With Hammy' in which he will call home videos sent in by fans.
TEAM USA DONATES 18,000 POUNDS OF FOOD THAT WAS PREPARED FOR U.S. ATHLETES FOR THE 2020 OLYMPICS GAMES TO COLORADO FOOD BANK
With the postponement of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the 18,000 lbs. of food collected to support U.S. athletes is now at the Care and Share Food Bank in Colorado Springs. This nearly $115,000 food donation will go toward helping those in need throughout southern Colorado.
WTAM, WMMS, 19 NEWS, CAVS HOST RELIEF TELETHON FOR UNITED WAY & FOOD BANK
Cleveland Cavaliers, WTAM, WMMS and WOIO joined forces to host a live telethon, "All for THE LAND: COVID-19 Relief Live," on April 4 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. raising $147,502 for United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
MYLES GARRETT TO TEAM WITH CLEVELAND HOPE EXCHANGE, AREA BUSINESSES FOR BIG FOOD DONATION
On March 28, Cleveland Browns' defensive end Myles Garrett teamed up with the Cleveland Hope Foundation and several other local organizations to provide more than 24,000 pounds of food and resources to those in need in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood.
BILLIE JEAN KING NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER TO BECOME TEMPORARY 350-BED HOSPITAL IN CORONAVIRUS BATTLE
United States Tennis Association is stepping up and announced plans to start converting the site of the U.S. Open to a 350-bed medical facility to help battle COVID-19 in New York.
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