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Cleveland Browns, David Njoku Surprise Youth Football Players With Helmet Donation

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January 4th, 2024

Keenan Crow

The Cleveland Browns surprised seven teams from the Cleveland Muny Football League with upgraded Xenith helmets through the Browns’ HELMETS program presented by Meijer and in association with University Hospitals.

Players from the youth football league gathered at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus for what they believed was just a season ending pizza party. However, the players were not aware they were about to be surprised with a helmet donation and a visit from TE David Njoku.

The Pro Bowl tight end helped surprise the teams with 100 custom Xenith helmets, which will serve as updated and safer headgear and save the program the cost of supplying new helmets.

“Having community partners like the Cleveland Browns allows us to continue to offer a first class platform for the kids and communities we service. We never have to over-sell what’s already proven.” said the Cleveland Muny Football League in a post on Instagram

HELMETS aims to advance player health and safety and Cleveland Muny was selected as the 2023 Youth Football Organization, Community Recipient.

Two Xenith helmets displayed back to back against a Cleveland Browns banner.
A white Xenith helmet featuring the Cleveland Muny Football League logo sitting on a white table.
A black Xenith helmet featuring the Cleveland Muny Football League logo sitting on a white table.
David Njoku lifts a cloth with young kids revealing football helmets displayed on a long table.
David Njoku and young kids standing behind Xenith helmets displayed on a long table.
David Njoku standing and talking to a room of children and adults.
David Njoku standing and talking to a room of children and adults.

About Cleveland Muny Football League

Our mission is to provide a safe, organized, competitive and fun environment for children to play tackle football in Northeast Ohio. As a developmental organization our focus is directed toward the following goals: Teach the fundamentals of the game; Encourage teamwork and sportsmanship at all times; Learn the value of athletic competition and create a fun, safe environment for all players. The success of our member organizations will not be measured by wins or loses, but on how they meet these goals. Also, our conference (CMFL) is recognized as one of the best youth football leagues in the country. We use high school facilities, safest age/weight matrix, and the strictest age certification criteria in Northeast Ohio.We are committed to instilling confidence, character, self-esteem, honesty, loyalty, humility, integrity, work ethic, teamwork, discipline, sportsmanship, respect, leadership and commitment in our children. We believe these values are important to their growth. Also, we will provide our youth with the necessary tools to be successful in their future endeavors.


About HELMETS


Since 2017, the HELMETS program, presented by Meijer and in association with University Hospitals and Xenith, has issued nearly 2,200 helmets to eligible youth and high school football programs. During the past seven years, the Browns have provided multiple local teams with more than $500,000 in donations for this new equipment through HELMETS and direct contributions from the team, as part of its dedication to assisting the development, safety and growth of the game in the state.HELMETS aims to advance player safety by awarding Ohio football programs with $25,000 in new five-star Xenith helmets, as recognized by Virginia Tech's helmet ratings. To help further promote health and safety, each program must enroll in USA Football's medically endorsed Youth Football Certification course to be eligible. The certification clinics educate coaches about concussion recognition and response protocols, proper equipment fitting, shoulder tackling, heads up blocking, heat emergency preparedness and hydration and sudden cardiac arrest.