An NFL and United Way initiative administered by the Marvin Lewis Community Fund to create a lasting change in the community.
The 2016 Hometown Huddle project took place at Ryan Memorial Sports Complex on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
A Tradition of Community Outreach
The Hometown Huddle is an NFL/United Way initiative that happens in each NFL market on the same day and is meant to promote volunteerism and create a lasting impression in the community. The Fund administers this event each year on behalf of the Bengals and is proud to continue this tradition of community outreach.
Helping the youth of Ryan Memorial Sports Complex
We were very excited to bring the 2016 Hometown Huddle project to Ryan Memorial Sports Complex, as it previously did not have a playground for the students to enjoy outdoor playtime and physical activity. Lack of physical activity impacts a healthy well-being which then impacts learning. Our main focus for this project is to create a challenge course, build a playground and swings, install fitness equipment, update the community garden, update basketball court, and hand paint park benches and picnic tables. It was another successful project with the help of the Cincinnati Bengals players and our many wonderful community partners!
2016 by the numbers:
- 1st challenge course installed in Ohio
- 1 new outdoor play structure with swings
- 1 set of fitness equipment to help build strength
- updated 4 raised beds in the community garden
- planted dozens of new shrubs and perennials
- 4 park benches & 4 planters–all hand painted
- 30+ Bengals players on site
- over 100 volunteers helped complete our largest Hometown Huddle project in just 1 day!