2nd Annual giveSPORTS equipment drive set for Aug. 24 at Pepsi Center

Donations will benefit the Jessica Ghawi Scholarship Fund in honor former Altitude intern

The second annual Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS equipment drive will be held at Pepsi Center on Saturday, August 24 from 7 a.m.- noon.

All donations will benefit the Jessica Ghawi Scholarship Fund and A Precious Child, a non-profit organization that works with more than 150 Denver-area community organizations to distribute the equipment.

A former Altitude Sports & Entertainment intern and aspiring sports reporter, Jessica was among the victims of the Aurora theater shooting on July 20, 2012. Before her death, she was in the process of collecting hockey equipment to donate to the families impacted by Colorado wildfires. The giveSPORTS event was expanded to include new and lightly used equipment from all sports.

At the inaugural drive in 2012, more than 25,000 items of equipment and $10,500 was collected. In addition, more than $20,000 was collected for the Jessica Redfield Ghawi Scholarship Fund.

The equipment drive is a joint effort of Kroenke Sports Charities, the Colorado Rapids, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth and Altitude Sports & Entertainment.

New or lightly used sports equipment: Baseball and Softball – Balls, Gloves, Catcher’s Gear, Bats;  Basketball – Balls, Nets, Shoes; Bicycles and Helmets;  Boxing – Gloves, Head Gear; Football – Balls, Pads, Helmets, Cleats;  Golf – Clubs, Balls, Shoes;  Hockey – Pucks, Skates, Pads, Goalie Gear, Helmet, Sticks;   Lacrosse – Balls, Sticks, Pads, Helmets;  Roller Hockey – Skates, Helmets, Pads, Sticks, Balls;  Roller Skating/Blading – Skates, Helmets, Pads;  Soccer - Balls, Cleats, Shin Guards;  Tennis – Balls, Rackets, Shoes ; and Volleyball – Balls, Nets, Pads.

In addition, monetary donations will benefit  A Precious Child’s giveSPORTS  program which provides financial assistance for sports-related registration fees, or you can donate on-line at  www.apreciouschild.org.   

All donations are tax deductible.