Bruins Volunteer at Browns Adapted Football League Practice

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Padua Bruins and Adapted Football League athletes take a quick time out for a photo op. Courtesy: Cleveland Browns

Padua Football players and coaches helped bring smiles to the faces of more than 100 Adapted Football League athletes on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Camp Cheerful in Strongsville.

For 90 minutes, the athletes rotated through a number of different stations that gave them experience with training camp-type drills. The children interacted with several Bruins and Browns players, staff members and Achievement Centers for Children employees.

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Demis Ortega ’16 holds the hand of an Adapted Football League athlete. Courtesy: Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns Adapted Football League, established in 2011, provides children with disabilities the opportunity to participate in an organized, competitive and developmental sport. It is the first competitive adapted football program in Ohio that enables school-aged children and young adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to play football competitively. The 2015 season had the highest number of participants to date with more than 105 athletes and 100 volunteers. The program offers a foundation for success by focusing on skill development, socialization and physical activity. Those building blocks help prepare participants for achievement and growth now and in the future.

Padua Coach Andy Shuman '95 runs a play with an Adapted Football League athlete. Courtesy: Cleveland Browns

Padua Coach Andy Shuman ’95 runs a play with an Adapted Football League athlete. Courtesy: Cleveland Browns

The league’s sixth regular season kicks off in mid-June and will culminate with a Friday night game and All-Star game at the Lou Groza Football Field in Berea.

The Bruins will continue to volunteer at practices every Saturday throughout the two-month-long summer program.

Click here to learn more about the Cleveland Browns Foundation.

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Andrew Clemente ’17 helps celebrate a touchdown. Courtesy: Cleveland Browns

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Padua Coach Tony Shuman ’91 guides an Adapted Football League athlete, as the football comes his way. Courtesy: Cleveland Browns

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Padua Coach Tony Shuman ’91 celebrates after an Adapted Football League athlete makes a catch. Courtesy: Cleveland Browns

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