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More than 200 volunteers from the Cleveland Browns, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. and Karamu House, as well as organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the local community, will join forces to build a new, safe playground at the Karamu House as part of the Cleveland Browns Hometown Huddle.

The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in August which features swings, slides, vertical wave steps, see-saw and climbing wall. The new playground will provide hundreds of children in the community with a safe place to play. Browns players and volunteers will be on hand throughout the day and offensive lineman Joe Thomas will speak during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the new play area at approximately 2:30 p.m.


                                 This year’s KaBOOM! project marks the 12th annual partnership of the Cleveland Browns and the United Way of Greater Cleveland for the Hometown Huddle. The Hometown Huddle is United Way’s National NFL Day of Caring in which NFL teams will work with their local United Way affiliates league-wide. The local Cleveland effort is one of the most extensive hands-on volunteer projects.


                                 The KaBOOM! project at Karamu House is part of the Browns Play 60 movement which encourages kids to get 60-minutes of activity a day. The Cleveland Browns Play 60 program is in association with Cleveland Clinic, Medical Mutual of Ohio, the American Dairy Association Mideast and Fuel Up to Play 60.


WHEN:                     Tuesday, October 19, 2010

                                 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Kick off ceremony and volunteer deployment

                                 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Best viewing of playground construction

                                 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Final construction phase and adjustments

                                 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate new play area

                                 *All times approximate


WHERE:                   Karamu House

2355 E. 89th St.

Cleveland, Ohio  44106


WHO:                       Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas and 15 other Browns players scheduled to participate.

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