On behalf of Jessica Redfield Ghawi’s family and Kroenke Sports Charities, the third annual giveSPORTS equipment drive is returning to Pepsi Center on Saturday, Aug. 23, 7 a.m. to Noon in the Camry Parking Lot at the corner of Auraria Parkway and 9th avenue.
|Avalanche forward Cody McLeod helps out at the 2013 giveSports equipment drive at Pepsi Center. |
New and gently used sports equipment from all sports is requested for collection at the drive, as well as cash donations for those in need throughout the Denver metro area. 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. In addition, monetary donations will benefit A Precious Child’s giveSPORTS program. All donations are tax deductible.
The inaugural equipment drive was in September 2012 in honor of former Altitude TV intern Jessica Ghawi. Prior to her death at the Aurora theater tragedy on July 20, 2012, Jessica’s dream was to help the families of the Colorado wildfires by providing hockey equipment. In the spirit of her dream and through the generosity of many people, the drive in two years has collected more than 40,000 pieces of equipment as well as $13,000 to support the giveSPORTS scholarship program – which provides financial assistance for sports-related registration fees.
Volunteers and sports and media personalities will be on site to unload cars and thank those who graciously support the cause.
If you are unable to attend the event – but have equipment to donate or for monetary donations – contact A Precious Child at www.apreciouschild.org.
New or lightly used sports equipment requested includes (both children and adult sizes):
Baseball and Softball – Balls, Gloves, Catcher’s Gear, Bats
Basketball – Balls, Nets, Shoes; Bicycles and Helmets
Boxing – Gloves, Head Gear
Football – Balls, Pads, Helmets, Cleats; Golf – Clubs, Balls, Shoes
Hockey – Pucks, Skates, Pads, Goalie Gear, Helmet, Sticks
Lacrosse – Balls, Sticks, Pads, Helmets
Roller Hockey – Skates, Helmets, Pads, Sticks, Balls
Roller Skating/Blading – Skates, Helmets, Pads
Soccer – Balls, Cleats, Shin Guards
Tennis – Balls, Rackets, Shoes
Volleyball – Balls, Nets, Pads