Mayfield, alongside teammates Brandin Bryant, Garrett Gilbert, David Njoku, and Willie Wright, hosted Special Olympics Ohio athletes, Unified partners and coaches at the Cleveland Browns training facility for the reveal, then kicked off the season with an NFL Play 60 clinic.
In Spring 2019, Special Olympics Ohio, the Cleveland Browns, and Cleveland Metropolitan Schools announced they are teaming up to bring students with and without intellectual disabilities together on the playing field through Unified flag football in seven high schools in the Northeast Ohio area. The program will also engage varsity athletes, who will serve as Unified flag football referees.
“Special Olympics Ohio, the Cleveland Browns, and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District have proudly come together to remove barriers and end discrimination for those with intellectual disabilities,” said Special Olympics Ohio President and CEO Jessica Stewart. “Together, with this Unified flag football league, we are moving one step closer toward a more inclusive world for all.”
This is not the first time Baker Mayfield has stepped up to support the Special Olympics movement!
In November 2018, Mayfield participated in the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign, wearing custom cleats that featured the Special Olympics logo during a road game against the Houston Texans. The cleats were auctioned off online and all proceeds were donated to Special Olympics. Mayfield also collaborated with Barstool Sports to launch a merchandise line that donates all net proceeds to Special Olympics Ohio. In February 2019, he served as a virtual team captain for the 2019 Cleveland Polar Plunge and helped raise $15,000 for the Special Olympics Ohio.