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    Browns ownership pledges $1.5 million to coronavirus response

    By Amber Lee

    As the global community continues to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic, the sports world is stepping up to do its part to help local communities. On Monday, the Cleveland Browns announced that owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are pledging $1.5 million throughout Ohio towards relief funds.

    The donation will come from the Haslam Sports Group, founded by Dee and Jimmy, on behalf of the Haslam family.

    The Haslam 3 Foundation will put $1 million towards the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, meanwhile $500,000 will go to the Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund, per a Browns statement.

    “We are humbled by the tremendous work of people around the world in their efforts to help those impacted by COVID-19 and we wanted to try to positively impact those affected in our own communities of Cleveland and Columbus. We are grateful for the individuals who are putting others before themselves and for the sacrifices they are making.”


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    The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Response Fund complements the work done by Ohio’s public health officials. As well as that, it helps increase local capacity to help address each aspect of the outbreak. The $1 million is pledged to provide grant awards to local non-profit organizations in the community.

    The Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund aids non-profit organizations that respond to the spread of COVID-19. As a result, they are dealing with financial challenges to the ongoing epidemic.

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