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Colorado Avalanche giveSPORTS Equipment Drive set for this Saturday

The Avalanche join the Denver Nuggets at the 7th annual charity equipment drive

This Saturday, the Colorado Avalanche will join the Nuggets, Mammoth and Rapids at the Pepsi Center as Kroenke Sports Charities and A Precious Child put on the 7th annual giveSPORTS Equipment Drive. Organizers invite the public to come down and drop off new and gently-used sports equipment as well as monetary donations at the event.

The giveSPORTS program provides new and lightly-used sports equipment to disadvantaged and displaced children by giving them 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 impact sports can have on a child, Dustin anted to ensure all children regardless of circumstance had the opportunity to participate in sports.

Last year’s drive brought in 26,137 pieces of the equipment and a total of $16,200 in donations. The goal is to beat both of those marks this year.

Organizers have asked for donations of the following new and lightly used equipment:

Baseball and Softball - Balls, Gloves, Catcher’s Gear, Bats, Batting Gloves

Basketball - Balls, Nets, Shoes

Bikes - Bicycles, Helmets

Boxing - Gloves, Head Gear

Football - Balls, Pads, Helmets, Cleats

Golf - Clubs, Shoes, Bags

Hockey - Pucks, Skates, Pads, Goalie Gear, Helmets, Sticks

Lacrosse - Balls, Sticks, Pads, Helmets

Roller Hockey - Skates, Helmets, Pads, Sticks, Balls

Roller Skating/Blading - Skates, Helmets, Pads

Ski/Snowboard - Skis, Snowboards, Poles, Helmets, Gloves, Jackets

Soccer - Balls, Cleats, Shin Guards

Tennis - Balls, Rackets, Shoes

Volleyball - Balls, Nets, Pads

Other - Scooters, Skateboards, Sports Jerseys

A Precious Child is a nonprofit organization that provides children in need with opportunities and resources to empower them to achieve their full potential. A Precious Child provides impoverished Colorado children and families with basic essentials such as clothing, shoes, baby formula, diapers, coats, backpacks and school supplies, sports equipment, and holiday gifts. We work to assist children and families facing difficult life challenges such as abuse, neglect, crisis situations, and poverty. Our core initiatives help build the whole child, in addition to providing basic essentials, we help children and their families navigate community resources, working with schools to strengthen attendance initiatives, and providing services and resources to agency partners to strengthen their impact. Since 2008, A Precious Child has provided opportunities and resources to more than 182,000 children and their caregivers. A Precious Child serves eight counties surrounding the Denver Metro area, including: Arapahoe, Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, and Weld Counties. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 303.466.4272, or visit APreciousChild.com.

Mile High Hockey is going to sent an example by donating $100 to A Precious Child. If you can't make it down to the drive in person, donations can be made on their website:

https://donate.apreciouschild.org/