ENGLEWOOD, Colorado – For the second year in a row, the Denver Broncos are in the running for one of the sport’s most prestigious awards.
On Wednesday, ESPN announced that the Broncos are once again one of four finalists for the Humanitarian Sports Team of the Year award, which honors an organization for their continued dedication to making an impact in their community.
The Broncos are joined by the Atlanta Dream, New York City Football Club and the Toronto Blue Jays as finalists for the award, which is presented annually to the sports franchise that best shows how teamwork can have a significant impact on a community or cause. . Each finalist will receive $ 25,000 and the winner will receive a grant of $ 100,000 to be devoted to their ongoing community efforts. The Broncos and the other finalists will be featured on an ABC special on July 24.
“The recognition of the Broncos as the finalist for ESPN’s Humanitarian Sports Team of the Year – for the second year in a row – is a testament to the continued and unprecedented commitment of our players, staff and partners to the service to our community, ”said Joe, President and CEO of the Broncos. Ellis said. “In such a difficult and unprecedented year, we have been inspired by the dedication of so many within our organization impacting the areas of COVID-19 aid, social justice, development young people and more.
“I especially want to commend the players and our community development staff – Allie Engelken, Liz Jeralds, Bobby Mestas and Katie Shuster – for tailoring our outreach in a truly meaningful and thoughtful way. When it was needed most, our organization worked together and stood up on occasion providing such remarkable support to our community. ”
The year started off like almost any other in this area. The Broncos Pro Bowlers attended events in Orlando and Justin Simmons attended a Huddle for 100 event with other Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominees at a Boys & Girls Club event in Miami during the week of the Super Bowl LV. Back in Denver, Bradley Chubb began a series of visits to boys ‘and girls’ clubs in the Denver metro area and head coach Vic Fangio arranged to meet at the Sheriff’s office in Arapahoe as part of the week. random acts of kindness.
But after that, the country’s landscape changed, as the novel coronavirus headed for the United States
With much of the country entering a long period of quarantine to try to contain the pandemic, the efforts of the Broncos community have also seen a significant shift. In-person efforts were largely limited to events such as the donation of personal protective equipment (PPE), a Rocky Mountain Food Bank mobile pantry, and more.
But reducing the scope of their community work was not an option; like so many others, the Broncos community service has shifted its methods to those that have become the most feasible. Instead of in-person hospital visits, players took virtual tours via video chat services to stay in touch with patients of all ages. Of the 850+ hours volunteered through 744 opportunities, over 230 came via video or Zoom.