Jimmy and Dee Haslam donate $1.5 million to COVID-19 relief funds in Ohio
Cleveland Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam are doing what they can to help those in need because of the coronavirus. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the husband and wife are donating $1.5 million in COVID-19 relief funds throughout the state of Ohio.
Browns’ owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam pledged $1.5 million to COVID-19 relief funds throughout the state of Ohio.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 23, 2020
With the pandemic quickly spreading throughout the United States, most major sports have had to postpone their seasons or cancel events. Since the NFL is in their offseason, COVID-19 may not affect the league as much as it has the NBA or MLB, but it is still hindering many of the league’s operations.
The Haslam family purchased the Browns organization in 2012 for a reported $1.02 billion and while the team has found little success since then, it is clear that the owners care about people and the Cleveland area.
According to the New York Times, the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has already surpassed 30,000 with at least 428 deaths.
As for Ohio alone, the state’s 351 confirmed cases is the 16th most among the 50 states. Three people in Ohio have died due to the virus.
Worldwide, the number of COVID-19 cases leaps up to over 367,000 with over 16,000 deaths. Countries like Italy, China, the U.S., Spain and Germany are among the nations most heavily affected by the pandemic.
The Haslam family joins many other professional athletes and executives to contribute towards COVID-19 relief. Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara recently donated one million meals to a Seattle food bank while Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson donated $100,000 in relief on his birthday on Saturday.