New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland campaign committee as an Honorary Chair. The Haslam family has been very involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tennessee Valley in Knoxville.
Jimmy's dad serves on the Board of Trustee's and the family built a club as a family legacy. Jimmy said "he is very happy to be able to continue the family support for Boys & Girls Clubs. We will work very hard to bring winning football to Cleveland and to take a leadership role in building a strong community. I look forward to my role in the Save Our Kids campaign."
The campaign is unique as it is to support collaborative partnerships with the education systems in Cleveland. Partners include the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Breakthrough Charters, Imagine schools and others. The campaign will allow Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland to increase weekly service hours by 45% including Saturday hours, provide new world class programming in the areas of Arts, Education and Athletics. Board Chair Doug Kern indicated the organization will open 6 to 8 new clubs and increase daily service from 550 kids per day to over 2,000.
"The Clubs provide a safe place with caring adults for kids to go after school. Our senior members graduate at a rate of 95% and 98% of regular non-senior members are promoted to the next grade, so we know the clubs sets high expectations and provides members with the support to succeed."
New Browns owner, Jimmy Haslam joins Randy Lerner, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, Chris Connor, CEO of Sherwin Williams, Kurt Karakul, President of The Third Federal Foundation and Campaign Treasurer Paul Clark, Regional President of PNC bank. They have joined a team of 26 other Board members and community volunteers in the Save Our Kids campaign that will raise $16.0 to $20.0 million to serve more kids, in more clubs for more hours.