The 6th Annual Give Sports Equipment Drive sponsored by KeyBank, Kroenke Sports Enterprises (Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth, and Colorado Rapids), and Brannan Sand & Gravel was held on Saturday, September 9, 2017. This event benefits the “A Precious Child” organization, which addresses Colorado children living in poverty and includes programs that focus on essentials to survive (Precious Essentials and Basics 4 Babies), educational empowerment (Inspiring Minds, Edussentials, and Fill A Backpack), extracurricular enrichment (Give Arts and Give Sports), and gifts to celebrate (Precious Gift).
The Valor Christian High School Hockey Team players and families participated this year by getting up early on a Saturday morning after a late Friday night away game in Ft. Collins to collect and deliver sports equipment. Several players and families gathered at Valor to compile the donations and Senior Luke Wheeler and Freshman Ryder Price delivered two trucks and a trailer load of hockey, cycling, and various sports gear to the Pepsi Center.
After delivering the donated gear from the Valor Hockey families, Luke and Ryder stayed at the event to volunteer unloading and sorting donations throughout the morning. They worked alongside other volunteers that included alumni players from the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche including former Avalanche defenseman Rick Berry, as well as the current Nuggets dance squad, Avalanche ice girls, and team mascots. For their extra effort, Luke and Ryder were personally thanked by Colorado Avalanche Captain Gabriel Landeskog and given vouchers for tickets to bring their teammates to Colorado Avalanche pre-season game.
The Valor community would like to thank all the hockey players and families with a special thanks to Nathan Middleton and family, Caleb Pallo and family, Paul Kane and family, Stein family, Buchanan family, DeBord family, and Sharp family. An extra-special thanks to Daryl Price for donating thousands of dollars’ worth of new bicycle helmets and cycling accessories; and to the Wheeler family for donating 30 sets of complete hockey beginner gear including sticks, helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin pads, socks, jerseys, and bags.
This year’s donations set records for pieces of equipment donated (26,137 pieces of sports equipment) and monetary donations ($16,200). For more information on the A Precious Child organization and their various programs assisting Colorado children living in poverty, see additional information below.
A PRECIOUS CHILD
Empowering Kids to Succeed
There are more than 180,000 Colorado children living in poverty. Children living in poverty are more likely to be in poor health, less likely to graduate high school on time and are more likely to live in poverty as adults. A Precious Child assists children and families facing difficult life challenges such as abuse and neglect, crisis situations, and poverty. We work with more than 300 Agency Partners throughout eight counties which include Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas Jefferson, and Weld counties to identify children and families in the most need of our services.