Football on Sunday. In the Huddle on Tuesday.

JabaalSheardGuest blogger, Jabaal Sheard is a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns and United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Team NFL ambassador.

Hometown Huddle! We’re off the field, but yet still driven by team work. It seems like yesterday we built a playground at Buckeye-Woodland school. And here we are again for an annual tradition between the Cleveland Browns and United Way of Greater Cleveland. Each year, in October, we rebuild or fully construct neighborhood playgrounds.

Today, we’re getting our hands dirty and building a Browns-themed recreation area and updating the landscape at Cleveland’s Louis Agassiz school. Our work is for the 300 students here and encourages them to stay active for at least one hour per day or in other familiar terms…Play60! The NFL’s Play 60 campaign is designed to tackle childhood obesity by promoting youth health and fitness and increasing wellness for our youngest fans.

These photos show commitment. Take a closer look, my teammates and I are wearing our Browns #give10 wristbands. #give10 says the Browns care about our community, about our neighbors. Anyone wearing it is part of that commitment. It’s what the First and Ten program is about …doing something to help your community.

Have you pledged? I made my First and Ten pledge, but not solely for today. My pledge is to be a part of something bigger… a movement. Hometown Huddle is something bigger and one way I give back to the community. While our home team is building a playground today, other NFL teams across the country are celebrating Hometown Huddle – a national day of service – by constructing fitness zones, hosting youth football clinics and upgrading fitness facilities.

A big thank you to the many volunteers who showed up today! A special thanks to my teammates, the Cleveland Browns, Browns Foundation, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, United Way of Greater Cleveland and Deloitte who all really made this a “Hometown Huddle.”

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