As a new NFL season approaches, Cleveland Public Library is teaming up with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to introduce students to new horizons through programming, gaming, and educational activities.
“Cleveland Public Library is proud to partner with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to support and educate our youth,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library. “This partnership will help us achieve our goal of nurturing and inspiring young learners to broaden their knowledge and explore opportunities outside of the city.”
“Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame understand and appreciate the value of education and the importance of leveling the playing field for all students to enjoy the opportunities special programming can provide,” said David Baker, President & CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “That’s why so many Hall of Famers willingly share the stories of their journeys with young students across the country. We’re excited to bring those kinds of experiences to kids in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library system.”
The first beneficiary of this partnership will be 200 Cleveland Metropolitan School District students from select middle and high schools. The students will attend this weekend’s Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton and participate in educational activities such as the Classic College Fair.
“Cleveland Public Library is known for fostering discovery. Students will get a glimpse of life as HBCU students. We hope this experience inspires them to one day attend an HBCU or another institution of higher learning,” remarks Dr. Sadie Winlock, Chief Equity, Education & Engagement Officer at Cleveland Public Library.
Together, the Library and the Pro Football Hall of Fame will create programs that use a nontraditional approach to education and enhance what students are learning in the classroom. Programs could include using yard markers to teach math, life lessons from former NFL greats, and Get Fit exercises.
“Everyone can live a ‘Hall of Fame life,’” Baker said. “A well-rounded education provides that first and most important step.”
Media interviews about this partnership will be granted upon request.
Visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame for ticket and event information.