Denzel Ward honors his father, raises cash for CPR kits and extra

During the Cleveland Browns’ summer break before training camp begins, we’re reminded of some of the great work that players in the community are doing. Whether it’s everything Myles Garrett did, Kareem Hunt’s top golf event, or Jarvis Landry’s softball game, Browns players have stayed active this off-season.

One event that may have been overlooked is Denzel Ward’s “Make Them Know Your Name,” which raised funds for CPR kits and defibrillators for schools, churches and gyms.

Ward wrote about his father in a Articles on the stands a few years ago and why he named his charity what he did:

I think my father would have been proud – probably more proud than ever. But I’m telling you … when they named this street after him? That would have been a great moment for him. Because he was never interested in being the best father he could be. Or the best husband he could be. Or the best teacher he could be. He wanted to be the best man he could be. And he believed that if he did that – if he focused on it every day, every minute, every second – then everything else would take care of itself.

He had made his name known to everyone.

Ward’s father died between Denzel’s freshman and sophomore seasons at Ohio State University. His father was working out in a gym when he collapsed and died shortly after in the hospital.

The NFLPA released a tweet to recognize Ward’s work this off-season as he seeks to save others from losing his family:

These #CommunityFriday, we rewind to the #NFLDraftwhen @denzelward hosted a celebrity bartending event for his Make Them Know Your Name foundation. The nonprofit, named after his late father, raises money for CPR kits and defibrillators in schools, gyms, and churches.

-NFLPA (@NFLPA) June 18, 2021

With all the great things Browns players do on the field, it’s great to see they want to make a difference in the community too. A Cleveland native, Ward has one very important reason for his job: to honor his father and “make them known your name”.

Sondheim Finished Indi Model By Eleri Ward – Occasions Sq. Chronicles

Ghostlight Records will release the new album A Perfect Little Death by SUF / SOND – the brainchild of New York singer / songwriter Eleri Ward – in streaming and digital formats on Friday June 4th. SUF / SOND is a swirling combination of Ward’s two deep loves: the expansive, unique canon of Stephen Sondheim and the ethereal, melancholy sounds of Sufjan Stevens. Eleri blossomed out of a spontaneous Instagram cover of “Every Day a Little Death” entitled “Sufjan on Sondheim” in 2019 and has now made SUF / SOND their own niche at the intersection of musical theater and indie folk music embodied by swirling harmonies and their original point of view. The album contains 13 songs, ranging from “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” to “Loving You” to “Take Me to the World” and takes you through an acoustic Sondheim journey that evokes the golden hour. A Perfect Little Death is produced by Eleri Ward.

Eleri recorded all of the songs in the closet of her apartment during the lockdown after making many requests for a SUF / SOND release after posting a video of “Johanna (Reprise)” on TikTok. With over 42,000 views, she was immediately inspired to expand and share this project, and the album was ready within a month. Each arrangement is unique, thoughtful, and moves in and out of darkness and light.

Kurt Deutsch, the label’s founder, says: “Eleri Ward’s SUF / SOND is simple, haunting and beautiful. I was deeply moved by the creativity of this project and how it combines Sondheim with a singer / songwriter aesthetic in a completely modern way. A perfect little death is one of the discoveries of the year and Ghostlight Records is excited to release such a distinctive recording. “

Eleri Ward is a New York-based actress, singer, and musician who makes pop music herself, having released her first release in May 2020. She has been singing and performing since she was eight and has always tried to carve out her own space with the uniqueness that she brings to the theater. Eleri studied songwriting at Berklee College of Music before moving and graduating from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theater and an emphasis in songwriting, which is clearly evident in the way she has recorded the Sondheim canon. @eleriward