As Ohio continues to battle the coronavirus (COVID-19), Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam have stepped up to do their part in the fight.
On Monday, the Haslam family announced that it has donated $1.5 million to coronavirus relief efforts in Ohio. According to a press release, $1 million of the donation has been earmarked for the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, which aims to aid the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.
The other $500,000 is being sent to the Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund, which assists non-profit organizations that are responding to the spread of COVID-19 and experiencing financial challenges by doing so.
In addition to the Browns, the Haslam Sports Group owns a majority stake in Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew Soccer Club, which it purchased in 2018.
“We are humbled by the tremendous work of people around the world in their efforts to help those impacted by COVID-19 and we wanted to try to positively impact those affected in our own communities of Cleveland and Columbus,” Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. “We are grateful for the individuals who are putting others before themselves and for the sacrifices they are making.”