Cleveland, Ohio | October 12, 2022 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Cleveland Brown’s defensive cornerback, Denzel Ward and his heart health foundation, Make Them Know Your Name (MTKYN), have pledged to donate to a two-year college scholarship to a student of the Cleveland Metro School District.
On Saturday, October 15th from 10 am – 5 pm EST, Denzel Ward will be hosting an Esports activation featuring a panel of elite speakers discussing opportunities within the gaming industry capped off by a “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” tournament for students of Cleveland Metro School District to win a two-year college scholarship. The event will be held at The Cleveland Public Library with an estimated 300 students expected to participate.
Denzel’s affinity for the gaming multi-verse lead to the conception of the tournament with the goal in mind to expose underprivileged students and their parents to the possibilities within the gaming community. Panel speakers will help educate the students and their parents about scholarship opportunities available within Universities which can lead to career path within the industry.
Denzel and ‘MTKYN’ will also be donating an automated external defibrillator (AED), for every Browns victory this NFL season. The organization has donated two so far for this season – to the Syracuse Community Center in New York and Warrensville Community Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio.
The foundation's mission is to positively impact the heart disease epidemic, in part through providing CPR training, AED equipment, resources, and community education to emphasize the importance of living a heart-healthy lifestyle.
"My Dad believed that a person's name was everything and that it was that person's responsibility to make sure his name stood for something. Whether it's through events giving back to the community or Heart Health education, we just want to make a positive."
About Denzel Ward:
Denzel Ward is a defensive cornerback who is currently signed to the Cleveland Browns. A Cleveland native, Ward attended Ohio State University and is in his fifth season with the Browns. Ward has secured PFWA All-American Rookie Team in 2018 and two Pro Bowl invitations in 2018 and 2021.
About Make Them Know Your Name Foundation:
Make Them Know Your Name (MTKYN) is a heart health foundation propelled by individuals and organizations willing to act to positively impact the heart disease epidemic. Denzel Ward and his family experienced first-hand the unexpected loss of their patriarch, Paul G. Ward Jr., to cardiac arrest while he participated in a spin class. He was 46 years old. His premature death left behind a purpose and a legacy to carry on.
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