CLEVELAND — In celebration of their 50th anniversary, the Cavaliers have pledged to donate $250,000 to charities across the region for five months starting last November. On Thursday, the latest of those recipients was announced.
The Cavs have gifted $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cleveland, which features locations not just in the city but in Erie County, Lorain County, and the Western Reserve. The money will go towards the organization's BackPacks for Kids program.
Charity President Ron Soeder released the following statement:
"I cannot thank the Cavs enough for their generosity to the Boys & Girls Clubs members in Northeast Ohio. The Cavs have made us a feel a part of their family, coming to our aid when we needed a van replaced, to the really fun promotion of how to make a peanut butter sandwich with Cedi Osman, and to the holiday support. I know our kids love putting on the Junior Cavs uniforms when they play games in our leagues. It really feels great to be a part of the Cavs organization and to have this team care so much about the children and Club members in Northeast Ohio."
The team has long had a relationship with the local Boys & Girls Clubs, and rfecently Larry Nance Jr. and Collin Sexton each hosted meet-and-greets over the holidays. With the new donation, members of the Cavs business staff will also volunteer at two Cleveland locations.
Cavs CEO Len Komoroski said:
"We commend Boys & Girls Clubs for the tireless work they do for the children in our area and we are happy to support them in their efforts. Improving the lives of our kids can only positively impact our community as a whole. We are proud of the partnership we have forged with their organization and look forward to continuing to build upon that to benefit children and families across Northeast Ohio."
The Cavaliers Community Foundation will make two more $50,000 donations over the next two months. The first checks were presented to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Say Yes to Education Cleveland.