Broncos Back to Football Run August 31st – All of the Details

On August 31st Broncos fans can take part in a 7K run that benefits the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). Here are all of the details (including how you don’t have to be a runner to enjoy this event!):

  • The 7K is sponsored by Sports Authority, Rocky Mountain Popcorn, Maxx Sunglasses, Elements Massage, and 9News
  • Proceeds benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). President and CEO of NSCD said the following about the event: “The funds raised at this event will help support our numerous summer and winter programs, making a positive impact for the more than 3,000 adults and children with disabilities who participate in our programs throughout the year.”
  • The race will finish on the 50-yard line of Sports Authority Field.
  • All runners get a race shirt, finishers medal, invitation to a post race party, and get to run through the same tunnel the Broncos enter the stadium on gamedays as part of a behind-the-scenes stadium run.
  • After the race children can run through this same tunnel during a free “fun run”
  • Registrations fees are $35 for adults, $25 for seniors and youths, and you can participate in the Behind the Scenes Stadium Run/Walk for $20
  • Register for the 7K here.

The Broncos press release has more information about the race.

 

 

Denver Broncos Charity Event: Ben Garland Hosts Bags/Cornhole Tournament

Join Ben Garland and some of his fellow Bronco players on May 21st for a Bags/Cornhole Tournament that benefits the SoDE Foundation. The tournament is at 5:30pm at Lodo’s Bar and Grill in Highlands Ranch, CO.

From the SoDE website:

“SoDE is a non-profit organization with a mission of creating sustainability and changing economic situations in order to be part of the solution in ending sex-trafficking.”

You can find out more about the SoDE organization and register for this event here.

 

SoDE is a non-profit organization with a mission of creating sustainability and changing
economic situations in order to be part of the solution in ending sex-trafficking and furthering missions

 

Denver Broncos Bowling Draft Party Report

New Bronco Aquib Talib takes a photo with a fan at the Draft Party.

New Bronco Aqib Talib takes a photo with a fan at the Draft Party.

Last night I helped register guests for the 4th Annual Denver Draft Party. A fun night of bowling with some of your favorite Bronco players that happens annually on the first night of the NFL draft. Food Bank of the Rockies and Active Force Foundation were the two charities the event benefitted.

Broncos players such as Von Miller, Aqib Talib, and Mitch Unrein, who was the Broncos host of the event and spent time at the Food Bank of the Rockies earlier that day, mingled with the crowd and talked to the media before bowling with fans and watching the first round of the NFL draft unfold.

Broncos DT Mitch Unrein autographs a football at the Denver Draft Party

Broncos DT Mitch Unrein autographs a football at the Denver Draft Party

Broncos CB Kayvon Webster signs a young fan's shirt at the Denver Draft Party.

Broncos CB Kayvon Webster signs a young fan’s shirt at the Denver Draft Party.

It was great to see fans young and old so excited to see Broncos players. Sylvester Williams, TJ Ward, Joel Dresson, and David Bruton, were some of the other Broncos present at the event.  It was also wonderful to see so many fans bring food donations for Food Bank of the Rockies.

Channel 9 news was there to interview some of the Broncos players who were there about memories of their draft days. They also had an interview with Mitch Unrein about his involvement with Food Bank of the Rockies.

 

Rockies Launch Home Run For Kindness Program

Eleven Denver High Schools are currently participating in a new community outreach program from the Rockies: Home Run for Kindness.

From the Rockies Community Newsletter:

“On April 21 and 22, Rockies players and coaches visited 11 schools in Denver to chat with high school students about the importance of performing random acts of kindness in their everyday lives.”

Each school in the program is challenged to perform 90 random acts of kindness and on May 17th during a pre-game ceremony leaders from each school with be recognized.

I think it’s great to see the Rockies continue to reach out to local youth and I hope that this program continues in the fall. You can read more about this program in the Rockies current community newsletter and find out how to involve your school in this program in future here.

Rockies Game on May 4th Helping Special Olympics CO

Support your team – support a great cause. For the Rockies/Mets game on May 4th a portion of ticket sales will go to Special Olympics CO.  When you purchase tickets you can also choose a variety of local schools to donate part of your ticket proceeds to if you prefer.

To buy tickets to the May 4th game.

Information about Special Olympics Colorado.

Find out about more events from the Rockies, Broncos, Avalanche, and Nuggets by checking DSCE’s calendar or subscribe to the DSCE monthly newsletter.

 

Chat with Denver Post writers about the Broncos May 7th

***5/7/14 – this event has been cancelled*****

The NFL draft can’t come fast enough for me. If you are as excited as I am and can’t get enough pre-draft info this might be the Broncos event for you. On Wednesday May 7th, one day before the draft begins (finally!), Denver Post writers Mike Klis, Troy Renck and Ben Hochman will be at the Denver Post Auditorium from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m to chat with fans.

You can find out more about this event in this Denver Post Article or you can go straight here to buy tickets. They are only $5. And I hear there are refreshments.

May 2014 Newsletter is Here

It’s the first of many monthly newsletters to come. A rundown of upcoming events from the Broncos, Avalanche, Rockies, and Nuggets plus a home game schedule for the month and player and charity profiles.

May Newsletter

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Former Bronco John Lynch’s Salute the Stars Luncheon May 2nd

It’s great to see former Broncos players stay active in the Denver Community. This Friday May 2nd John Lynch’s John Lynch Foundation will host their 16th Salute the Star Luncheon. The luncheon is 11am-1PM at Sports Authority Field and Peyton Manning is serving as this year’s keynote speaker.

During the luncheon middle and high school athletes will be recognized for excelling in athletics, academics, and their involvement in their community.  Scholarships will be awarded to students, some with special needs.

5,000 local Denver area students will also be at the luncheon this year. What a great idea to invite local students to see such their peers being rewarded for their hard work and efforts.

There is a VIP cocktail party Thursday May 1st for high-level sponsors. Find out more about the luncheon and buy tickets here.

 

Broncos Derek Wolfe hosts Summer Charity Bash June 8th

Derek Wolfe is feeling better after a scary injury last season. Apparently he’s feeling good enough to take on some local fans in a beach volleyball tournament as well – and it’s all for charity. Join Wolfe and some of his fellow Broncos on June 8th to raise money for Wolfe’s Wolfe Pack Foundation which raises money to help underprivileged youth football in Denver.  There will be drinks, music, volleyball, and a silent auction. The most successful fan team will get to take on Wolfe and his fellow Broncos at the end of the event.

You must be 18 to enter and 21 to drink alcohol. The event is 11am-4pm at The Island: 2233 S. Geneva Street in Denver.

For more info and to buy tickets (they go on sale Wed April 30th).

Broncos Blog – My daughter tries out the Denver Broncos Junior Cheerleaders Program – Pt.1

Part 1 – Deciding to Sign up for the Program

My husband and I have enjoyed having Broncos season tickets for the last four years. In those years my interest in the Broncos has gone from excitement about a Sunday afternoon away from the house and kids to something a bit more. And by a bit more I mean a lot more. I now care a lot (perhaps a bit too much) about the outcome of Broncos games and follow news about the Broncos quite frequently (AKA all-the-time).

At the beginning of the season the kids are excited about the games and football in general – and taking young kids to pre-season games can be an excellent use of these tickets for season tickets holders who are forced to buy them. Need to leave at halftime? No big deal. Need to leave at halftime during the 49ers week 8 primetime game? Not so cool. But by the end of the season, especially a season when the Broncos do well, the kids (at least my kids) get sick of football and they start feeling left out when Mommy and Daddy go to “yet another game”.  My husband and I can’t wait until the kids are older and can join us at the games (if they want to that is).  In an attempt to make our older daughter feel a bit more involved in Mommy and Daddy’s football distraction this season we asked her if she wanted to try out the Broncos Junior Cheerleader Program. Jumping up and down with delight was her response.

Now I don’t have aspirations of my daughter growing up to be a Broncos cheerleader – or any kind of cheerleader for that matter. But I also don’t have a problem with it if that’s what she wants to do. I do not subscribe to the Cheerleaders/Disney princesses/”Girl” Legos are evil and will ruin your daughter philosophy because I think it’s a lazy argument that sells girls short. In my world girls can play with their chemistry set in a princess dress and build a rocket ship with pink legos if they want to. They can also be cheerleaders who loves math, grow up to be lawyers, and help NFL cheerleaders win some of their lawsuits.

Now what about these lawsuits or the issue of NFL teams having cheerleaders in general?

NFL cheerleaders have always been a bit controversial. Some teams don’t have them because their owners don’t approve of having women dance on the sidelines in tiny outfits, it is ridiculously cold for most of the season in some areas making it challenging to dance and not freeze simultaneously, or there just isn’t any interest in a cheerleading program. Recently NFL cheerleaders have made the news for many negative reasons: low pay or no pay at all, weird and awkward hygiene rules, and overall jerky behavior by the teams.

I like watching the Broncos cheerleaders perform. I also enjoy the Stampede Marching Band, the Mile High Tumblers, Miles the Mascot, Thunder the horse, and the skydivers that enter the stadium before each game.  I find them all entertaining and I think they all add to the enjoyment of seeing a game in the stadium.  I also have no idea what any of these people are paid for their hard work.  I would love if the Denver Bronco cheerleaders were paid more. Teams don’t publicize what they pay their cheerleaders but from everything I have read it looks like all NFL cheerleaders are long overdue for a huge raise.

At the very minimum I hope the Broncos organization is open about what the cheerleading job entails so it is clear to the cheerleaders what they are signing up for. It’s one thing to take a job that you know has a ridiculously low salary, it’s another to agree to take that low salary for a certain number of hours work, and then have those hours and other expenses increase out of nowhere. If Denver Bronco cheerleaders file a lawsuit I will definitely be watching - and I would pull my daughter from the program in the future if I felt the Broncos organization was mistreating their cheerleaders. However I have personally taken a “cool job at a cool place” for a low wage because I wanted the experience (I’m looking at you LucasFilm). So I understand why many of these women want to be Broncos Cheerleaders.  And I understand that they are not forced to take a low paying cheerleading job just like I wasn’t forced to take a huge pay cut to work at the aforementioned dream-job place. So I’m going to give the Broncos cheerleaders credit for knowing what they signed up for while hoping that the Broncos organization looks at the current salaries of their cheerleaders and decides they deserve a lot better.

My 6 year old daughter (unaware of lawsuits or controversy) was really excited about having her own Broncos experience at Mile High Stadium. While she says she wants to go to the games I know that she likes the “idea” of the games more than the reality. This is the same child who was laying down in the grass in the shade WITH snacks and thought she might die of boredom after about 20 minutes of watching training camp last summer after expressing interest in seeing the Broncos practice.   The games are not a good fit for her right now, but I knew she would enjoy the dance routines, fancy costumes (which are not skimpy), and being around not only “real-life cheerleaders” but also just the “older girls” in the Jr. Cheerleading Program. Because in case you didn’t know, for a 6 year old “older girls” are super awesome and amazing. And if by chance any of the cheerleaders or older girls can convince my daughter that taking a shower is a great thing to do and not some kind of bizarre and cruel punishment from Mom – all the better!

The Broncos Jr. Cheerleading Program takes place between June and December for girls 6-14. There are no auditions which I think is key for this type of program – it’s not competitive which I love. The girls meet once or twice a month on either Saturday mornings or early in the afternoon. The Jr. Cheerleaders perform at between 3-4 Broncos games (some pre-season, some regular season) either before the game or during half-time. I’ve seen the Jr. Cheerleaders at many Broncos games and have also heard of them performing at Rockies and Rapids games. It’s not cheap by any means – uniform and tuition dues run about $600, but as I’m not having my kids do many camps this summer I somehow justified this expense to myself. While parents and Jr. Cheerleaders are not given game tickets your daughter can join you after her performances in the stands if you have a ticket for her. Check here for more info about the Jr. Cheerleading program including their Dance Team (which is competitive) and the Dare to Cheer Program for kids with Down Syndrome.

Up next – my first impressions of the program and trying on the uniform (otherwise known as me having an anxiety attack about choosing the right size outfit for my daughter when she has been known to jump 2 sizes during the summer). . .