Jan 30, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller attends the Madden Bowl XX Red Carpet event at the USS Intrepid Mandatory. Credit:
DENVER - There's no doubt the Denver Broncos are a big deal in and around Denver. They also give back to the community in a big way. We decided to showcase 9 ways the organization, its players and their families give back.
1. Bruton's Books
Broncos defensive back David Bruton Jr. has partnered with the United Way to help tackle reading. He launched Bruton's Books to help low-income children from Kindergarten through third grade to become strong readers.
Brutons Books KUSA
A former substitute teacher, Bruton saw a need.
"We have a huge demographic here in Colorado and a huge epidemic in terms of reading illiteracy, especially around K-3rd grade so I wanted to tackle that," Bruton told 9NEWS last summer.
2. Von's Vision
Broncos Linebacker Von Miller started the non-profit Von's Vision. It provides low-income Denver children with eye care and corrective eyewear. It's fitting for Miller who wears glasses.
His charity partners with national and regional eye wear retailers to provide a city-wide vision day for low-income Denver children. Each child receives a free screening, and if needed, free eye exams and corrective eye wear. After the prescription glasses have been cut, Von hosts a Reveal Party where children are fitted for their glasses, personally delivered by Von.
3. Drive for Life Blood Drive
For 18 years, the Denver Broncos have been partnering with Bonfils Blood Centers to host a community blood drive. It's presented in partnership with the Denver Broncos Football Club and sponsored by 9NEWS, Sports Radio 104.3 the FAN, The Denver Post and Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
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At the Drive For Life donors can mingle with current and former players and take photos with the team's Super Bowl trophies. ( hopefully there will an additional one at next year's Drive for Life) Of course they also save lives, over its first 17 years, almost 33,000 donors participated and supported 94,000 patients.
4. Children's Hospital Colorado partnership
In the summer of 2015, the Denver Broncos announced a new partnership with Children's Hospital Colorado. Through the partnership, players visit with patients.
Broncos and Childrens Hospital Join Forces
One visit in particular by Broncos player Cody Latimer was pretty memorable. In November, Latimer spent some time with 8-year-old Carson Cline who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 14 months old. During the visit, Carson showed Latimer his touchdown pose. Fast forward to the next game, and Latimer did that pose on the field after scoring his first NFL touchdown.
Latimer makes good on his promise KUSA
"When he got a touchdown I wasn't even looking and my dad was like 'Oh, oh, you gotta see this,' and I looked and there he was doing it," Carson told 9NEWS in November.
5. PeyBack Foundation
Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning has been supporting his local communities for years. He started the PeyBack Foundation in 1999. It has provided more than $10 million of impact to at risk youth through its grants and programs since its inception to Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee. He grew up in Louisiana, played college football in Tennessee and of course played in the NFL for the Colts and now the Broncos.
In 2014, his charity was presented with a check from the Omaha Chamber of Commerce for $68,850. That year, every time Manning said "Omaha" during the AFC Championship game, donors agreed to pay $800 for a total of $24,800. For Super Bowl XLVIII the pledge went up to $1,500 each time "Omaha" was used for a total of $44,050.
6. Boys and Girls Clubs
In 2003, the Denver Broncos opened the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club in northeast Denver which supports more than 1,500 kids each year. The center includes a gym, technology center and game room. In 2008, they expanded with addition called the Darrent Williams Memorial Teen Center. They're committed to funding the operating budget of the center for at least 15 years.
Broncos go shopping with Denver Boys and Girls Club
7. Alzheimer's Association
In the fall of 2014, the Denver Broncos announced a partnership with the Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter, making it one of the team's 10 flagship community partners. Through the partnership, the Broncos will do a public awareness campaign about Alzheimer’s and provide information regarding services and support that are available to patients, families and caregivers.
Beth Bowlen Wallace said it was an emotional decision but one that came very naturally for her to emcee this year's walk. 9NEWS at 6 a.m. 09/15/15. KUSA
A few months before the partnership began, the Bowlen family and the Broncos announced that Owner Pat Bowlen is one of the many Coloradans living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Pat Bowlen gives up control of Broncos, has Alzheimer's
8. The Anti Bully Squad
Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus founded the the Anti Bully Squad in 2014. Its goal is to create a permanent solution to bullying through education, awareness and prevention.
Sometimes the players just provide some inspiration. This week Broncos running back C.J Anderson visited students at Willow Creek Elementary school after they sent him a letter.
Elsa reads her letter to @cjandersonb22 and says he makes her "heart warm." All. The. Feels. #BeAChampionpic.twitter.com/VMRIXqCo26— Broncos Off Field (@BroncosOffField) January 27, 2016
Last fall, Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware gave a surprise pregame pep talk to members of the Englewood High School football team before their homecoming game. The team had lost their first three games of the season and were getting to take on their big rival. You can watch the entire pep talk below.
DeMarcus Ware gives powerful pre-game speech to the Englewood High School football team Bill Rogan
There are many other ways the players and team gives back, including hosting food drives and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and visiting children at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Visit the team's community page to read more about their events and community partners.
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