Over 16,000 new and gently used items and $6,000 in cash donations were collected at Pepsi Center on Saturday morning at the fifth annual giveSPORTS Equipment Drive, presented KeyBank.
The initial drive was held in the summer of 2012 after Jessica (Redfield) Ghawi, a former broadcast journalism intern with Altitude Sports & Entertainment, lost her life in the Aurora Theater tragedy. Prior to her death, Jessica had expressed a desire to host a sports equipment drive for the children and families that had lost everything to that summer's devastating Colorado wildfires.
Kroenke Sports Charities and A Precious Child created the giveSPORTS Equipment Drive in partnership with Jessica’s family to help realize her dream and provide underprivileged children with the opportunity to play sports through the giveSPORTS program. Additionally, giveSPORTS provides scholarships to cover the costs of registration and other sports-related fees.
Some of the sports items collected included gear for hockey, baseball, softball, basketball, biking, boxing, golf, football, lacrosse, roller hockey, roller skating/blading, soccer, tennis and volleyball.
KeyBank and Dick's Sporting Goods also made two special donations during the day. KeyBank contributed $2,000, while Denver area Dick's Sporting Goods stores brought 7,500 pieces of brand new equipment, worth $15,000.
All equipment will be donated to A Precious Child – a local non-profit that works with more than 150 community organizations to find children in need to receive the equipment. Overall, the giveSPORTS Equipment Drive has collected more than 96,000 pieces of equipment and nearly $46,000 in cash donation in its four years of existence.
A Precious Child will continue to accept items. More information can be found at www.apreciouschild.org.