Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

GOOD NEWS IN SPORTS 

CLEVELAND, sports inspire us with their lessons. check our their impact in the community. 

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.

GOOD NEWS IN SPORTS: TEAM EDITION

THIS WEEK'S STAFF SPOTLIGHT: RACHAEL STENTZ-BAUGHER

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. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT RACHAEL

WEEK OF MAY 11

RESPECT

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.

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DEDICATION

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.

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LEADERSHIP

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

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WEEK OF MAY 4

TEAMWORK

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. 

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MENTAL STRENGTH

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. 

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ATTITUDE

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. 

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WEEK OF APRIL 27

OPTIMISM

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.

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ENDURANCE

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.

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GIVING BACK

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.

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WEEK OF APRIL 20

COMMITMENT

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.  

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COMMUNITY

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. 

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CHARACTER

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. 

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WEEK OF APRIL 13

INTEGRITY

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.”

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ATTITUDE

'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. 

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OPTIMISM

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.

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WEEK OF APRIL 6

TEAMWORK

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. 

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COMMUNITY

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. 

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LEADERSHIP

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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