Former Kent State Golden Flash and current defensive back for the Cleveland Browns, Abram Elam, will use his T.E.A.M. Elam Foundation to take 15 Cleveland-area children on a personal shopping experience at the Tower City Center Mall in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday, September 3.
Each of the children, aged 11 to 17, will be given $200 to spend on back to school attire. The children are required to purchase at least one pair of shoes and two outfits. They are also responsible for keeping a record of their purchases including any discounts they received. One of the key components of the shopping experience is for each of the students to learn the importance of budgeting and how to make a dollar go further.
The students who will participate in this year’s event were chosen from The Children Who Witness Violence (CWWV) program which is a Cleveland-based organization that is overseen by the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners and is intended to address the impact of domestic and other violence has on children and families. Elam selected this organization because it serves children whose experience mirrors his childhood as he lost three siblings to violence.
About T.E.A.M. Elam Foundation
Elam founded T.E.A.M. Elam in June 2008 to help combat violence and negative influences around youth. As a result T.E.A.M. Elam introduces young people to an array of positive influences, who may leave a lasting impression on a child’s life. The goal of the organization is to equip young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in life. An additional goal of T.E.A.M. Elam is to influence everyone to do his or her own part to protect our environment. For more information about the T.E.A.M. Elam Foundation please visit, www.TeamElam.org.