NFL star visits Cleveland neighborhood alma mater

By Shenise Johnson-Thomas, Director, Engagement Center

Collinwood alum Cecil Cartlon Shorts III, wide receiver for the Houston Texans, visited the Collinwood Branch of the Cleveland Public Library June 23 to give a presentation to more than 50 neighborhood youth.

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The program was sponsored by United Way of Greater Cleveland and Cleveland Public Library’s Office of Programming Services. Children from collaborations between Salvation Army, Collinwood Rec Center, Five Points Community Services Center and Opportunities Unlimited were in attendance, alongside those from Collinwood Library’s summer reading club.

Shorts spoke on his life and career in the NFL, focusing on the value of giving back to the community, staying in school and working hard to achieve goals. He also highlighted the importance of having a “backup plan” if sports or other options do not pan out.

Each child will receive a free copy of “Crossover” by Kwame Alexander, autographed by Shorts.

If you would like to host a similar event in your neighborhood or place of business, contact Engagement Center Associate, Danielle Wright at dwright@unitedwaycleveland.org.

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