Cleveland Browns co-owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam will donate $1.5 million to COVID-19 relief funds in Ohio.
Through their Haslam 3 Foundation, the Haslams will provide $1 million to the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund and $500,000 to the Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund.
In addition to the Browns, the Haslams own Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC, which is why they targeted those two cities, according to a statement posted on the team’s website:
“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.”
According to the news release, the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund will support the work of public health officials as they address the outbreak. The fund will provide grants to nonprofit organizations in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties.
The Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund also assists non-profit organizations that are responding to the spread of COVID-19.
The donation by the Haslams is the latest from a member of the Browns organization. Previously quarterback Baker Mayfield and his wife, Emily, pledge to match cash donations to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank:
Let’s rally together #CLE. Giving back to the LAND and hope others will too. We’re matching all of your donations up to $50K. Link to donate: https://t.co/IO9Lh1d3Mt #WeFeedCLE pic.twitter.com/lm9fVP7RiV— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) March 19, 2020
Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi donated 100,000 meals to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank:
In light of the current circumstances, many people across the world need our help, especially children. I am supporting my local community in Cleveland by donating 100,000 meals with @clefoodbank.— Larry Ogunjobi (@Mr_Ogunjobi) March 20, 2020
Please join me in lending a helping hand and support @feedingamerica. pic.twitter.com/lJYiUqUVEE