Happy Holidays Broncos fans! Did you all see Knowshon Moreno’s hurdle over the Ravens player in the Baltimore game yesterday?!? Clearly our boys are here to play this holiday season. Keep up the cheering, we have some important games coming up for the team!
My name is Margaret and I have been enjoying my third season with the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. During this time of year, our squad is constantly inspired by Broncos fans as we rekindle some annual relationships in the community.
This weekend was no different. I spent time at The Gathering Place, wishing many families a happy holiday season. I loved seeing so many ladies in Denver excited about the Broncos! Our annual performance and visit to Craig’s Hospital was a wonderful blessing and we met some remarkable patients who were Broncos fans through and through. Three previous patients of Craig’s Hospital partnered up with a few of our cheerleaders to perform a wonderful holiday routine. The grace that the gentleman had in their movement and the innovative choreography with their equipment put a smile on everyone’s face and showed us all that there really are no limits in what can be done.
The adaptive performers then talked with the patients and families about the activities they currently enjoy and the fullness of their lives after their accidents. The inspiring talks of the activities these men continue to participate in, ranging from tennis to skiing, reminded us all that life is based on your attitude. These guys were nothing but positive and I believe they had to have made an impact on the current patient’s outlook as they rehabilitate at Craig’s Hospital, because they certainly had an impact on mine. As we met the patients and signed memorabilia for them, I was thrilled to hear that some patients are recovering well and will be discharged in time to make it to next weekend’s Broncos home game.
We are so excited to know that such special fans will be in the stadium cheering on the team! Thank you Craig Hospital for continuing to allow the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders to bring some cheer to your patients and their families during the holiday season and experience firsthand the wonderful care your staff provides in our community.
Being a returning member of DBC gives me opportunities to foster and continue friendships that were established during community activities in previous seasons, and this weekend included one very dear to my heart. On Friday, I took a day to head to Copper Mountain to watch a friend, Tyler, race in an adaptive ski race. Because of the Denver Broncos partnership with the National Sports Center for the Disabled, Tyler and I were teamed up to race together in last year’s Wells Fargo Cup in Winter Park.
I was amazed at the abilities and spirit of these young skiers. It was fun to see that despite their limitations, these racers put everything on the line and have the drive to go faster and improve like few athletes I have encountered. They taught me so much that weekend last year. Yes, some skiing and racing techniques, but mostly what it means to be a great teammate and competitor.
Tyler and I kept in touch about his racing and training over the last year, and I learned even more about what goes into his sport for him. The difficulties with pain management and equipment malfunctions during a race, the sacrifices he makes to adhere to his strenuous training regimen, and the expenses he tries to manage on his own to travel and be adequately equipped for races, all while he still counsels and trains young athletes in situations similar to himself. You can tell Tyler lives and breathes ski racing, but I am thankful each time we meet that he will take some leisure downhill runs with me, because there is no way I could keep up with him on the course!
So this holiday season, the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders encourage you, too, to rekindle relationships, old and new with friends, family, and charities in our community. Be a blessing to someone this week and then be sure to count your own blessings each night as you dream of the Super Bowl!
Happy Holidays Broncos Country and GO BRONCOS!!!