(STRONGSVILLE) – The Cleveland Browns will be playing for their playoff lives the final three weeks of the season, but on Tuesday night at a local Wal-Mart, Josh Cribbs and his fellow teammates took a step back from football to make a difference in some more important lives.
Cribbs and his teammates paired up with 50 children from the Cleveland Christian Home for the annual “Shop with a Jock” event at Wal-Mart in an evening full of food, games, shopping and fun. The event gave local children in need an opportunity to enjoy a $100 shopping spree at Wal-Mart.
The Browns won their third-straight game on Sunday throttling the Kansas City Chiefs 30-7 improving their record to 5-8 on the season. Cribbs and the Browns have come a long way from when they began the 2012 campaign 0-5. Now, if the Browns are to win their final three games they could have an outside shot of making the NFL Playoffs as a wildcard team.
However, as exciting as their season has become, Cribbs and his fellow teammates put the kids from the Cleveland Christian Home in the spotlight on Tuesday night in Strongsville. Along with Cribbs were Usama Young, Jordan Cameron, Phil Taylor, Owen Marecic and more.
Along with Cribbs and the Browns, SUBWAY Restaurants donated food for the event, while DragonFly Screen Graphics donated shirts.
The annual event helped benefit the Cleveland Christian Home which was established in 1900 and serves over 1,500 children, youth and families each year through a variety of programs. The Cleveland Christian Home is a private non-profit organization, established to provide a haven of hope and healing for children and families suffering from mental illness, abuse and neglect.
On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Browns get back to the practice field to begin their preparations for Sunday’s upcoming game with the Washington Redskins. For some in Cleveland it’ll be a chance to watch the team play with their postseason lives at stake. For kids from the Cleveland Christian Home, their lives have already been impacted because of a memorable night with the Browns players fans don’t get to see on Sunday’s.
- Nick Camino