7th Annual giveSPORTS Equipment Drive Provide Sports Equipment and Sports Scholarships to Colorado Kids in Need
The 7th annual giveSPORTS Equipment Drive, held at Pepsi Center September 8, resulted in 27,381 items and $9100 in sports scholarship funding to provide opportunities for 9440 Colorado children.
The giveSPORTS program provides new and gently-used sports equipment to disadvantaged and displaced children by giving them the opportunity to get involved in organized sports. Additionally, Brannan Sand and Gravel provided $5,000 in matching funds to support scholarships, the grants cover the cost of registration and other sports-related fees. Representatives from the Nuggets, Avalanche, Mammoth and Rapids were in attendance to interact with donors and thank the community for their contributions.
Children living in low-income families are among the least likely to participate in organized sports. Participation in extracurricular sports significantly impacts short and long-term educational, emotional, behavioral, and physical outcomes for disadvantaged, poverty stricken youth.
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 Ghawi, an aspiring sports journalist for Altitude Sports & Entertainment had a similar dream to provide children who were victims of the Colorado wildfires with equipment that they lost. Unfortunately, young 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, in 2012, the giveSPORTS Equipment Drive has collected over 125,000 pieces of sports equipment and more than $70,000 in sports scholarships to benefit more than 20,000 local kids in need.