GiveSPORTS Ninth Annual Equipment Drive to Provide Sports Equipment and Scholarships to Colorado Children in Need

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DENVER— The ninth annual giveSPORTS Gear Drive will be held at the Pepsi Center on Saturday, September 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Rav4 parking lot (located between 9th and 11th Streets, between Chopper Cir. and Auraria Pkwy.).

Kroenke Sports Charities, A Precious Child and Brannan Companies invite the public to support local underprivileged families in their desire to participate in sports by dropping off new and lightly used sports equipment and monetary donations to support sports scholarships at the event . Now more than ever, it’s important to provide opportunities to keep kids active as families spend more and more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participation in extracurricular sports has a significant impact on the short- and long-term educational, emotional, behavioral, and physical outcomes of disadvantaged and poor youth.

A Precious Child’s giveSPORTS programs give children in need the opportunity to get involved in organized sports by providing equipment and free scholarships. In addition to encouraging fans to drop off merchandise at the in-person event, Patch my PC will provide $15,000 in matching funds to support giveSPORTS scholarships that help cover entry fees and other sports-related costs. . Representatives from the Nuggets, Avalanche, Rapids and Mammoth will be on hand to help unload donor vehicles and thank the community for their contributions. In addition, all donors will receive a tax letter and a 25% coupon on regular priced merchandise at AltitudeAuthentics.com (some restrictions apply).

This year’s ride will be a little different than it has been in the past. Due to COVID-19, enhanced social distancing protocols will be in place to protect both volunteers and donors. Donors will remain in their car the entire time they drive through to drop off their belongings. All volunteers unloading vehicles will wear masks and gloves and there will be a designated area for donors who do not wish volunteers to touch their vehicle. This area will have carts and bins that donors can use to unload their gear. Hand sanitizer will be provided.

Since its inception in 2012, the giveSPORTS Gear Drive has collected nearly 200,000 pieces of sports equipment and over $80,000 in sports scholarships to benefit more than 25,000 local children in need.

“There are thousands of children in Colorado living in poverty today who want nothing more than to participate in sports, alongside their peers,” said Carina Martin, CEO and Founder of Precious Child. “We rely on the community to donate sports equipment and funds to help us get all kids in the game, no matter what their circumstances,” she continued.

Precious Child invites businesses, sports teams/leagues, and community groups to join the GiveSPORTS Equipment Drive Challenge, which runs August 24 through September 24. 11. Challenge participants are encouraged to raise funds, as well as new and gently used sports equipment. The group that is first to raise the most combined funds in each group category will receive a prize on behalf of Kroenke Sports Charities. For more information, please visit www.APreciousChild.org/giveSPORTS.

This initiative is also part of NHL Green, whose mission is “The National Hockey League is committed to protecting the places where we play hockey for future generations.” Recycling used equipment avoids the unnecessary accumulation of waste and saves the energy needed to manufacture new products.

About Kroenke Sports Charities – Kroenke Sports Charities is committed to improving lives through the spirit and power of sport. We strive to serve our community through education, health and fitness initiatives, sports programs and direct assistance, with the specific goal of helping families, children, veterans and people with disabilities. Kroenke Sports Charities provides relevant programs and support directly and with other non-profit organizations to ultimately help, encourage and enrich the lives of those in need. To learn more, visit www.pepsicenter.com/arena-information/kroenke-sports-charities.

About a Precious Child, Inc. – A Precious Child is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides children in need with opportunities and resources to enable them to reach their full potential. In 2018 alone, A Precious Child served nearly 49,000 disadvantaged and displaced children. A Precious Child provides poor Colorado children and families with necessities such as clothing, shoes, formula, diapers, coats, backpacks and school supplies, sports equipment and gifts for the holidays. We work to help children and families facing difficult challenges such as abuse, neglect, crisis situations and poverty. Our foundation initiatives help build the whole child, in addition to providing basic essentials, we help children and their families navigate community resources, working with schools to strengthen attendance initiatives and providing services and resources to partner agencies to enhance their impact.

Since 2008, A Precious Child has provided opportunities and resources to over 240,000 children and their caregivers. A Precious Child serves eight counties surrounding the Denver metro area, including Arapahoe, Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson and Weld. For more information or to schedule a visit, call 303.466.4272 or visit APreciousChild.org.

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