Garrett and others will fill bags with winter clothes and school supplies for area children.
CLEVELAND – As the holidays approach, one of Northeast Ohio’s most popular athletes is giving back to the community once again.
Browns star Myles Garrett is teaming up with United Way of Greater Cleveland to host a “Home for the Holidays” event on Tuesday. The All-Pro defensive end was recently named the Chapter’s official brand ambassador, and he will lead efforts to provide winter clothing and school supplies to local children in need.
“It fills my heart, it fills my soul to be able to give back,” Garrett said at the start of the event. “I didn’t have a role model or idol who was a sports figure coming to town and visiting us. I had the people around me.… I had that I admired in the community and the neighborhood. . I want to show that I am also part of the community … I am as much a part of this neighborhood as anyone else. “
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During the rally at US Bank Plaza in Playhouse Square, Garrett and others will fill bags with things like hats, gloves, notebooks and pencils which will be given to dozens of children in attendance. There will also be plenty of arts and crafts stations, and the event will end with families meeting Garrett up close at a special reception.
“I hope to wear it more often, for years to come,” Garrett told those in attendance. “As long as I’m here and I’m just a blessing to all of you like [my grandmother] was for me. “
Since being drafted by the Browns in 2017, Garrett has become almost as famous for his off-court work as he is for his Sunday play: he was the team’s nominee for Walter Payton’s Man of the Year. the NFL in 2020, and was also highlighted for its efforts to bring cleaner water to places in East Africa. Last September, United Way even unveiled a mural of Garrett as a young boy with his grandmother to the side of their Cleveland headquarters.
“Art has played a major role in my life, sort of imposed on me by my grandmother, my family as an outlet for things that were happening,” Garrett said Tuesday. “Once you get used to doing these things, it sort of shows up in different parts of your life. “
Along with Garrett, United Way’s Augie Napoli and William Winans also spoke, and the Lexington-Bell Community Center and the YWCA of Greater Cleveland are also partners.