David Bruton could have wished for any number of things, as he blew out the candles on his 28th birthday cake Thursday. The Denver Broncos special teams captain could have wished to finally win the starting safety job, after six seasons on the bench. Or, Bruton could have wished for that elusive Super Bowl title.
2015 is the final year of his contract with the Broncos. So, who would blame him if he wished for a big money deal in free agency? That’s what the average 28-year-old NFL star would do. However, David Bruton is no average 28-year-old NFL player.
Instead of riding a camel into his own birthday party, or being arrested for domestic violence, as some of his colleagues have recently, David Bruton will be celebrating his birthday by giving back to his community.
This Sunday, Bruton will lead a group of fans and bicycle enthusiasts on an 8.24-mile bike ride through the southern Denver Metro area. Called “Bikes for Books,” proceeds from the event will benefit his charity, “Bruton’s Books,” which helps local organizations get books into the hands of area children to increase child literacy in Denver.
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“I just wanted to make a difference outside of sports,” Bruton told KUSA’s Aaron Matas in May when he founded the organization. “We have a huge demographic here in Colorado, and a huge epidemic in terms of reading illiteracy, especially around kindergarten through third grade. So, I wanted to tackle that.”
The fact that Bruton has chosen to make a “family fun bike ride” the first major fundraiser for the organization is no coincidence. Bruton started mountain biking regularly this summer. He says riding gives him the chance to get outside while training, “I hate stationary bikes,” Bruton said, “I hate treadmills. If my legs are moving, I want to be going somewhere.”
Sunday’s ride will start in the parking lot of Elevation Cycles in Highlands Ranch. Packet pickup is at 8:30am. Families are welcome, but be sure to bring new or gently used books to be donated to Bruton’s Books or the Mile High United Way.
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