"We're extremely delighted and proud to partner with an organization like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver," said Bowlen. "Focusing our charitable resources on this project gives us a unique opportunity to really help kids in this neighborhood make the most of their lives."
Youth programs have always been a major area of focus for the Broncos, and surfaced as a top priority based on community need and the potential for the greatest impact. The organization committed to allocating a majority of its philanthropic resources to the operation of the center in hopes of making the greatest community investment possible during challenging economic times for nonprofits and charities in the Colorado community.
The Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club is located at Albrook and Crown Blvd. in the facility that formerly housed the Montbello Recreation Center. It will serve youth ages six to 18 in a variety of programming capacities geared toward helping them develop into happy, healthy, productive adults. Literacy, physical fitness, arts and culture, safety and youth sports are just some of the programs that will be offered. In addition to providing funding, Denver Broncos staff will also act as volunteers for everything from youth coaches to mentors to tutors.
"We challenged ourselves to be more proactive in crafting a community vision," said Broncos senior director of community development Cindy Galloway. "This initiative is more than just writing a check. We could open the doors and immediately start impacting kids."
Many Broncos players are themselves products of the Boys & Girls Clubs, and are excited about the opportunity to return the favor that was granted to them a generation ago. Linebacker Ian Gold and offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam will participate in the grand opening celebration, as will Broncos Ring of Fame member Billy Thompson, who himself was a member of the Boys Club in Chicago in 1957.
Nearly 600 children from neighboring McGlone Elementary will also attend the grand opening and have the opportunity to receive their club membership cards that day. The event will have a block party atmosphere, with food, music and festivities including appearances from Broncos mascot Miles and the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders.
"There is a critical need for youth services in the Montbello community and we are thrilled that our partnerships with the Broncos and the City and County of Denver will allow us to meet this need," said Arigoni. "This new Club is the end result of many committed community members coming together to do their part for our young people."
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver For more than 40 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver have been helping kids stay in school, stay out of trouble and succeed in life. The organization operates eight safe, positive Clubs staffed by full-time professional staff members, where young people can participate in educational activities, leadership clubs, art projects, computer training, sports and more. In addition, the Clubs own and operate a summer camp in the mountains west of Boulder. The organization reaches more than 20,000 young people each year.