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The Cleveland Cavaliers 2022 Harvest for Hunger campaign presented by TrustedSec collected $9,000 to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank (GCFB), thanks to the generosity of Cavs and Monsters fans who dropped off canned and non-perishable foods and made monetary donations and participated in the 50/50 “Super Jackpot” Raffle that ran from Monday, March 28 – Sunday, April 3. Fans also helped Hope Soars Ohio reach over 12% of their goal of $50,000 for GCFB early on in the campaign! The Cavaliers organization doubled the impact by matching the hundreds of pounds of food donated by fans, matching funds raised through Hope Soars Ohio, and matching part of the proceeds that benefited GCFB during the 50/50 “Super Jackpot” Raffle as well.
To provide creative and convenient assistance to the Harvest for Hunger campaign, the Cavaliers organization shared they were proud to support the Hope Soars Ohio program developed by the Beachwood High School Marketing /Junior Achievement students to inspire hope and uplift the local and global communities through pop art installations. The Hope Soars Ohio inflatable Cavs butterfly was on display at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for Cavs and Monsters games in March and provided fans another way to donate to the GCFB by scanning a QR code.
During the pandemic and with rising food costs, the need and demand to provide nutritious meals to families in our community are greater than ever. A $1.00 donation previously provided four nutritious meals, and today it provides for three meals, making support for the GCFB even more important.
For the Love of Reading, the Cavaliers host two mobile book fairs, powered by FirstEnergy
The Cavs Mobile Book Fair powered by FirstEnergy made its way to two locations in March to impact over 700 youth who were given the opportunity to select two new books at no cost to them courtesy of Scholastic.
The first stop was at the Boys & Girls Club of Lorain County at the Desich Family CampusMarch 22-25, and a week later the Cavs Mobile Book Fair traveled south to the Crouse Community Learning Center in Akron on March 31- April 1st. At each stop Cavaliers, staff was on hand to help the kids pick out their books and assist with the “checkout” process. The Cavs Mobile Book Fair in partnership with FirstEnergy and Scholastic is an ongoing program with the Cavs to promote literacy and a love for books among the youth in the community.
NBA Math Hoops LIVE, presented by Rocket Mortgage students get assists from Cavaliers players Cedi Osman and Lauri Markkanen
The Cavaliers organization and Learn Fresh were proud to deliver NBA Math Hoops presented by Rocket Mortgage to students and educators throughout Ohio. NBA Math Hoops connects math education to the game of basketball and the current statistics of the NBA and WNBA’s biggest stars. The program is centered around a board game, mobile app and 12-week curriculum that is tied to the Common Core State Standards for mathematics.
On Tuesday, March 29, 30 students from Mayfair Elementary (East Cleveland) and Huntington Elementary (Brunswick) schools were invited to compete in a game of NBA Math Hoops Live on the team's practice court at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
It was a fun-filled competition with the court set up like the actual NBA Math Hoops game board. The two teams of students were excited to get a big assist from some special guests! With the roll of the dice, when the students completed their math problems Cavaliers players Cedi Osman and Lauri Markkanen along with mascot Sir C.C. took their place on the game board to shoot for the winning hoops.
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Class of 2022 graduates to receive Cavaliers and Huntington scholarship
Ten graduating seniors from Northeast Ohio high schools were each awarded a $2,000 college scholarship provided through the 2022 Cavaliers and Huntington Scholarship program.
Criteria to receive the scholarship was based on a 500-word essay submitted by each student along with their high level of community service, high school transcript, ACT and/or SAT scores as well as a letter of recommendation.
The recipients were honored at a pregame banquet and recognized during a halftime ceremony at the Cavs vs. 76ers game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Sunday, April 3rd:
- Ella Breon, Green High School
- Allison Currier, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin
- Reonna Gober, Washington High School
- Tre’von Henderson, Saint Martin de Porres
- Alana Johnson-Joseph, John Hay Cleveland School of Science and Medicine
- Amarion Massey, GlenOak High School
- Peter Pich, University School
- Jacob Rintamaki, Westlake High School
- Marisa Serna, St. Mary’s Central Catholic
- Peyton Weiss, Orange High School
Cavs Youth Sports gets active during Jr. NBA Fit Week 2022
As part of Jr. NBA Fit Week 2022, Cavs Youth Sports activated their Gym Class Takeover program for students grades K-8th at the GESU Parish School. Cavs Academy coaches led the "takeovers" by engaging over 500 students through physical fitness activities including warm-ups, teaching the fundamentals of basketball and speaking about the importance and value of CAVS: Commitment, Attitude, Voices and Sportsmanship.
On Saturday, March 26th the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the YMCA of Greater Cleveland Healthy Kids Day Celebration at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Healthy Kids Day is a national celebration that highlights mental and physical health by teaching healthy habits and encouraging active play for kids and families to inspire a lifetime love of physical activity.
March Community “DIFF” Makers of the Game
At every home game throughout the season, the Cavaliers take a timeout to recognize a Community “DIFF” Maker of the game, individuals who work tirelessly to move our city forward. Selected by Cavs Community Relation and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Teams, those celebrated are key members in Cleveland who are making a positive impact in the community.
Each “DIFF” Maker is treated to a special VIP night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse that includes tickets to the game, a visit to the Chairman’s Suite, in-game recognition describing the work they do, a Cavaliers swag bag and more.
Here are the honorees recognized in March:
- Walter Hickman, Fight CRC
- The staff of Laura’s Home Women’s Crisis Center
- Beachwood High School Jr. Achievement/Hope Soars
- Women of EmpowHER
- Coaches and staff, Motogo
- Yasin Cuevas, Esperanza
- Yvonne Pointer, Community Activist
- Geoff Masten, Greater Cleveland Food Bank
- Da’na Langford, The Village of Healing Center
- Volunteer planning committee from Cleveland Kurentovanje
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