I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Given that the holiday season is now upon us, I wanted to take a break from talking football for just a few days. We still have plenty of time for that and it will be fun to watch the Broncos down the stretch.
In a time, however, when many people are in need and many people are hurting, I thought it worthwhile to take a moment to talk about how much the Broncos try to reach out and make this community a better place to live.
It is always easy to point to companies, organizations or people with a lot of resources, time or both as the ones who should be leading the way in helping others. We all have a part to play and the fact is the Broncos, both individually and as an organization, help people in amazing ways.
As an organization, the Broncos efforts in the community are remarkable. Their primary initiatives are with youth, health, hunger and homelessness. They donate generously to support the Broncos Boys and Girls Club in the Montbello area of Denver. The Broncos partner with Bonfils Blood Center to sponsor Drive For Life, a huge blood and bone marrow drive held at INVESCO Field at Mile High every October. They hold a food drive every year to provide to those in need. Those are just a few examples. It seems no matter where you look, the Broncos are involved in helping people.
And that is to say nothing of what the players themselves do. For example, Champ Bailey does incredible work with the Denver Rescue Mission. Daniel Graham and Darrell Reid have foundations that are reaching out to help youth. Tony Scheffler and his wife are involved in work with ill children. Even John Lynch, who no longer plays, continues to provide opportunities to young people in the Denver area through his foundation. There are many, many other players who make it a point to do what they can to make people’s lives better.
The list goes on and on and on. And too often the work the Broncos do goes unnoticed. I’m sure those doing the work aren’t motivated by being recognized for it. They do it because they want to help people. And they are doing that. They aren’t just talking the talk; they are walking the walk.
Cindy Kellogg is the Broncos’ Vice President of Community Development. She and Kelly Woodward, the Director of Community Development, simply do outstanding work coordinating the organization’s efforts in the community. While I know both of them, they didn’t ask me to write about this topic. And I know them well enough to know they certainly don’t take credit for the great work the organization and the players do.
At the same time, I believe it is important that fans know that the Broncos have committed a great deal of both financial resources and time to do what they can to improve the lives of as many people as possible.
Every year, the Broncos do everything they can to be winners on the field. But I know they have long been winners for what they do off the field. In my book, that is just as important.
Thank you, Broncos.
And thanks to you for reading. I’ll get back to talking about football in the next entry.
Happy holidays to you and yours,