What's The Word? (April 2018)

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress is a leading nonprofit organization in Cleveland that has been operating for 25+ years. The organization’s mission states: “To foster inclusive communities of choice and opportunity throughout Cleveland.” This means residents and local business each play a huge role in the strength of our community! As the organization explains, “When residents are empowered to open businesses, spend money in the neighborhood, and invest in their futures, the community benefits.” Cleveland is all about eliminating the barriers that stand between socioeconomic status and opportunity. This will be a driving force in the future of northeast Ohio’s vitality. Cleveland Neighborhood Progress encourages local businesses to hop on the bandwagon by ensuring good communication with the community. If properly done, this could result in more financial security, greater access to available jobs, and increasing opportunities for residents and local business alike.
In other Northeast Ohio news...

The Cavaliers have certainly had an up and down season...
On February 8th, the team experienced a “complete make-over” that radically changed its roster with the addition of Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and George Hill. This infusion of young, athletic talent has improved play and with that, the Cavs are moving up in the Eastern Conference rankings. In addition, LeBron James is playing some of his best basketball, earning him three out of four conference player of the month awards thus far. The Cavs have already made the playoffs and are looking to secure home court advantage. With multiple injuries around the league, the team has a very good chance of returning to the NBA finals providing they can stay healthy.

Larry Nance Jr.: “Junior” is the son of Cavs legend, Larry Nance Sr. He was born in Akron, Ohio and played ball at Revere (Richfield, OH) High School and Wyoming University. Cavalier fans were thrilled to welcome this Northeast Ohio native back home to continue his professional career and are especially excited that he is wearing his father’s jersey number of #22.

The Indians started the season off well...
The team opened the 2018 season on Thursday, March 29th with Corey Kluber, last year’s Cy Young award winner, on the mound. Kluber tossed a complete game, but the Tribe lost the season opener. The team continued its season opening series against the Seattle Mariners with a 1-2 record and are now playing a 3-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. The Indians home opener this Friday versus the Kansas City Royals and the weather forecast is calling for very chilly temperatures, typical Cleveland weather. One of this year’s most notable additions is first baseman, Yonder Alonso. The team has high hopes for Alonso to fill the shoes of Carlos Santana, who is now with the Phillies. Alonso did not disappoint as he hit a grand slam home run in the opening series. The Indians are the preseason favorites to win the Central Division crown and have a good chance to make it back to the World Series. Let’s go Tribe!

 

The Browns welcomed new General Manager John Dorsey...
During his short tenure, he has already reshaped the team via significant trades, including new quarterback, Tyrod Taylor. Browns fans are highly anticipating even more personnel changes as the team currently has the first and fourth pick of the NFL draft, which will be held on April 26th. Dorsey describes his plans as fielding a team with ‘experience and boldness’. The Browns’ 2018 season home opponents include Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Carolina, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers and New York Jets as the schedule will be released sometime in April.
Cleveland's very own...
Miocic defeated Francis Ngannou with a unanimous decision in Boston on Saturday, January 20th to defend his heavyweight UFC title. He claimed his third title in one of the most exciting fights in UFC history and his victory gave him bragging rights for the most consecutive title defenses. Miocic grew up in Euclid, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb and attended the Cleveland State University. After his first title, he was honored with his own float in the Cleveland Cavaliers championship parade. Talk about Cleveland pride!

 

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