Broncos safety David Bruton more experience than most players at speaking to a group of students.
During the 2011 offseason, Bruton worked as a substitute teacher in his hometown school district in Miamisburg, Ohio, teaching students in grades 1 through 12.
So when he was asked to serve as the keynote speaker at the YESS Institute Mentoring Year-End Celebration, it was a natural fit.
“Any time I can get in front of youth and deliver a message or teach it’s definitely great,” Bruton said. “It’s just something that I love to do.”
Bruton posed for pictures with the students and the student-mentors at the beginning of the event, which was held in the United Club East Level at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Then, after a short video and opening remarks by YESS Institute Co-founder and Executive Director Carlo Kriekels, Bruton took the stage to deliver his address.
“David Bruton embodies the very essence of what the YESS Institute is teaching its students,” Kriekels said. “Community leadership, character development and the value of education”
Bruton’s words of advice to the group of high schoolers in attendance centered around finding a trustworthy inner-circle, whether it be friends, family or outside counselors. Bruton talked about his experiences growing up and his own issues with family and school that he had to overcome to earn a college scholarship and then a degree from Notre Dame.
“There are a lot of youth that I’ve been involved with – Colorado Youth at Risk being one of them” Bruton said. “Whether it’s a game night with the kids or a small classroom setting, I’ve done everything and anything that I’ve been asked. This is another great chance for me to get out there.”