The sixth annual giveSPORTS Equipment Drive will be held at Pepsi Center on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9-11:30 a.m. Event co-founders, Kroenke Sports Charities and A Precious Child, invite the community to support underprivileged children in their desire to participate in sports by donating new and gently-used sports equipment. If donating equipment isn’t a possibility, they will also be accepting cash donations to help fund the programs.
The giveSPORTS program provides sports equipment to disadvantaged and displaced children. It gives kids that otherwise wouldn’t have it, the opportunity to get involved in organized sports.
A Precious Child's giveSPORTS program was started by 12-year-old Dustin Martin in 2011. Knowing the powerful impact sports had on his own life, this young man sought to ensure all children regardless of circumstance had the opportunity to play sports. Another exceptional young person, Jessica (Redfield) Ghawi, an aspiring sports journalist that had interned for Altitude Sports & Entertainment, had a similar dream to provide children who were victims of the Colorado wildfires with equipment that they lost. Unfortunately, Jessica lost her life in the Aurora Theater tragedy.
Together, Kroenke Sports Charities and A Precious Child have combined efforts to fulfill both Jessica and Dustin's dreams in a community wide equipment drive to help put a kid in the game. Since its inception, the giveSPORTS Equipment Drive has collected over 100,000 pieces of sports equipment and more than $50,000 in sports scholarships to benefit more than 12,000 local kids in need.
Helping underprivileged children participate in organized sports is a great cause and everyone in the Denver is encouraged to go out on the 9th and give what they can.