Browns’ Jarvis Landry launches foundation to aid families in Cleveland, Miami, New Orleans areas
Jarvis Landry is focused on making a difference everywhere his football career has taken him.
The Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver announced Wednesday on social media he is launching the Jarvis Landry Building Winners Foundation to assist children and families in need in the greater Cleveland, Miami and New Orleans areas.
Landry, 27, has spent the past two seasons with the Browns after arriving in Cleveland in a 2018 trade with the Miami Dolphins, who drafted him out of Louisiana State University in the second round in 2014. In December, the Browns named Landry, a native of Convent, Louisiana, their nominee for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
In a letter addressed to fans, friends and family, Landry explained he has spent time amid the nation’s COVID-19 pandemic and racial issues pondering how he can lead in the communities that have shaped him.
The self-reflection led him to create a foundation.
“I am proud to announce the launch of the Jarvis Landry Building Winners Foundation — a nonprofit dedicated to positively impacting the lives of children and families facing socioeconomic disparities and/or chronic health conditions,” Landry wrote. “Our mission is to empower, engage and excite our communities through a variety of life-changing programs, special events and charitable initiatives held in the greater Cleveland, Miami and New Orleans areas.”
Landry further explained the country’s health crisis will prevent the foundation from holding events this summer.
“In the meantime, my team and I will be working around the clock to establish alternate programs that best fit the times,” Landry wrote. “We are excited to get to work and I look forward to sharing more news soon.
“I am energized, inspired and hopeful thanks to you. Let’s work!”
Landry is not a stranger to good causes. He became dedicated to raising awareness about cystic fibrosis when his high school girlfriend, Mya Zimmer, was diagnosed with the disease. She died in 2015 at the age of 24.
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