Players have busy schedules. From studying film, their playbook and practice you would think that they don’t have time for anything else. They do. They participate and support a variety of causes.
Distributing Turkeys to Families In Need
The players stepped up to help Denver Rescue distribute 3,000 turkeys to families who are in need, and to help them have a Happy Thanksgiving.
— Broncos Off Field (@BroncosOffField) November 21, 2017
— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) November 21, 2017
Broncos guard Ron Leary had this to say about distributing turkeys: “It’s the holidays, so anything you can do to put smiles on peoples’ faces is important.”
“He personally told me to take over and continue to uplift these people as much as possible.”
— Broncos Off Field (@BroncosOffField) December 6, 2017
My Cause My Cleats
A popular one that takes place on the field is called My Cause My Cleats. The NFL only allows certain cleats to be worn most of the season, but sometimes let players wear custom cleats that show support for their choice of charity.
— Broncos Off Field (@BroncosOffField) November 22, 2017
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) November 24, 2017
Cleat game: 💪
— Broncos Off Field (@BroncosOffField) December 2, 2017
Happy to represent @CMNHospitals tomorrow and STEM education. Scan the QR codes for a personalized message to my heroes at @UIchildrens and @ChildrensColo #ForTheKids #TackleSTEM #IowaWave #MyCauseMyCleats @ColoTechAsn pic.twitter.com/A2OnC9tSIm
— Casey Kreiter (@caseykreiter) December 2, 2017
Players, including Kreiter, often make trips to local hospitals, such as the Children’s Hospital in Colorado to visit sick patients. Kreiter is also involved with the Tackle STEM program, a program that aims to inspire kids to have successful careers.
Safety Will Parks visited seven local Denver schools this year, as well as gaining the most service hours on the Broncos, while attending twenty community events with his team. Parks was also present at other events, such as Play 60 clinics, Tase Of The Broncos, Hometown Huddle, and Drive For Life.
Colorado Gives provides many different charities that you can donate to, from Habitat For Humanity of Metro Denver, to the Boys and Girls Club, to Food Bank of the Rockies.
— Broncos Off Field (@BroncosOffField) November 24, 2017
Ray’s Awareness is a charity event hosted by linebacker Shane Ray. It is to help kids stick to never give up on their goals in life. The event is aimed at kids in the Denver and Kansas City areas.
.@StingRay56 is committed to inspiring kids to dream, no matter what their circumstances.
— Broncos Off Field (@BroncosOffField) November 29, 2017
Brandon Marshall’s Comedy Club Event
On December 11, Brandon Marshall is hosting a Comedy Club Event “a night full of comedy” including a silent auction, meet-and-greets with some other Broncos players, and much more.
Emmanuel Sanders’ “A Precious Child” is a charity that you can donate items, such as clothing and books, to. The charity is aimed at helping families who do not have money to support themselves and get their lives on track. Sanders is from Houston, Texas, where a hurricane hit earlier this year. Sanders and his teammates raised greater than $87,000 for hurricanne relief. You can visit his website here.
In the spirit of the holiday season, you can help @ESanders_10 and @NewEraCap by donating winter clothes, toys and books at local Denver Lids stores through 12/6. All donations go to @apreciouschild #ES10 pic.twitter.com/53bUzpQwzf
— Emmanuel Sanders FDN (@ES10_Foundation) November 24, 2017
Von Miller’s foundation, Von’s Vision, aims to make items such as glasses, frames, lenses to children whose families are unable to afford them. Since Miller created this foundation while in his second year in the NFL, it has raised $3.4 million, including $1.1 million just this year alone. Von’s Vision has been very successful. At the end of 2017, more than 6,000 Denver children will have been helped with receiving the eyecare they so desperately need.
Cheers For Troops
Not only do the players participate in different events, but the cheerleaders do, as well. A big one is “Cheer for the Troops”, a charity in which you can donate items for “Men and Women who were serving overseas.” In the link directly below is a list of items that can be donated, as well as the addresses the items can be sent to.
Recently, some of the players took children from the Boys and Girls Club Christmas shopping:
Broncos players @BMarshh54, @Beanzz16, @jsimms1119, @MOOCHIE048, @C_Ne7son, Zaire Anderson and Jerrol Garcia-Williams, plus former Broncos RB Juwan Thompson, took children from @BGCMetroDenver Xmas shopping. pic.twitter.com/0eOeT31Xns
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) December 5, 2017
Safety Justin Simmons has gone to six highschool football games, and a total of sixteen appearances around the Denver community. Simmons is also heavily involved with the Boys and Girls Club, as a leader for the group in Denver. The group has an annual graduation ceremony where Simmons talks with the kids.
Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. took time to speak and said that, “Even when our record’s bad, we’re still a lot of these people’s heroes.”
That’s true. Anything that happens off the football field is way more important than focusing on the struggles the team has had on it. Their attention is in a good place.