Colorado Rapids players Marvell Wynne and Anthony Wallace got a first-hand look at the generosity of the Colorado public this weekend during the 2nd annual giveSPORTS equipment drive, held at the Pepsi Center.
Inspired by former Altitude Sports & Entertainment intern Jessica Redfield Ghawi, who was among those killed in the Aurora theater shooting in 2012, an estimated 14,252 pieces of sports equipment were donated on Saturday.
“I am so touched by the people of Colorado - many who never met my daughter - that from the kindness of strangers, Jessi’s dream lives on,” said Jessica's mother, Sandy Phillips.
Along with Wynne and Wallace - and mascot, Edson - celebrity volunteers who also helped load the donated equipment included players, coaches, dancers, mascots, and alumni from the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Mammoth, and Colorado Cutthroats, as well as members of Altitude Sports & Entertainment.
Before her death, Ghawi 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.
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.
The annual equipment drive is a joint effort of Kroenke Sports Charities, the Colorado Rapids, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth and Altitude Sports & Entertainment.