Peyback Foundation Awards $1M Plus In Grants

Peyton Manning's Peyback Foundation is making a difference in communites throughout the country.

Wednesday, while the Denver Broncos commenced their offseason training activities, or OTAs, signal- caller Peyton Manning had additional things on his mind.

Manning's PeyBack Foundation, which the future Hall of Famer established in 1999 while a member of the Indianapolis Colts, confirmed the annual distribution of funds serving 144 community agencies in Colorado, Tennessee, Louisiana and Indiana.

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For the second consecutive year, this has resulted in funds totaling more than $1 million which will be distributed to community organizations and support programs serving youth and at-risk children and families.

Since its establishment, the PeyBack Foundation has provided more than $11 million of impact to at- risk youth through its grants and programs.

Requests for grants are accepted from non-profit agencies and organizations actively advancing the welfare of disadvantaged children in Colorado, Tennessee, Louisiana and Indiana—all places of importance to Manning throughout his life.

All requests for financial assistance are carefully considered by the PeyBack Foundation and grants are awarded predicated upon the unique merits of individual agencies, as well as their goals, missions and programs.

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All organizations must complete a PeyBack Foundation grant application to be considered. All of this information will be available online at www.peytonmanning.com as of October 2015.

Organizations in attendance for the presentation of Wednesday's checks were Denver-based Augustana Arts, Big City Mountaineers of Golden, Colo., Boulder, Colo.-based Growing Gardens and OpenWorld Learning of Denver.

It has never ceased to amaze me that Manning, despite any affliction he has faced in his life, so often thinks of others first.

In the NFL offseason, ignominiously, we have learned that not all of his brethren in the NFLPA union conduct themselves the same way but even as the Broncos players look to Manning as a field general, so too do people in the community look to his example off the field.

Brad James is an analyst for MileHighHuddle.com. You can find him on Twitter @BroncosItaly.

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