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Ayers Shows His Support

Posted Mar 5, 2012

On Friday, Robert Ayers went to Cherry Creek High School's pep assembly to help cap off the school's Wish Week.


DENVER -- Robert Ayers spent his Friday afternoon back at high school, shooting three-pointers.

No, the defensive lineman isn't looking at a career change. Rather, he was showing his support for Cherry Creek High School's "Wish Week."

"It's incredible," Student Body President Parker Danneberg said. "Being able to have Robert and the (Denver Broncos) Cheerleaders here, it's incredible. It's such a great cause, so the support that they're showing is awesome."

Ayers took part in a three-point shooting contest along with some Cherry Creek students against members of the varsity basketball team, helping to rile up the crowd at the pep assembly.

"Everyone out there was ecstatic to see him," Danneberg said.

Ayers joked on Twitter that he was 6-for-20 shooting, but he was happy to show his support for the cause.

"It was a great idea I heard about and something that I could do to help out a child," Ayers said. "I tried to take advantage of it."

The cause is Haley, an 11-year-old from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A Broncos fan, Haley's wish is to go on a Disney cruise. The school spent "Wish Week" looking to raise $5,000 to help make that wish come true.

In addition, the school wanted to raise $5,000 for John Thompson through Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime Foundation, which looks to honor older generations by granting their wishes as well.

Thompson's wish is to visit his family in Minnesota.

"All week long we've had different events," Danneberg explained of the fundraising. "Monday night we put a putt-putt course in the building so kids could come play putt-putt in the halls. We had a talent show (Thursday) night, we had a celebrity basketball game -- a bunch of the (University of Colorado) athletes came down and played against our teachers."

The final piece was Friday's pep rally, which included a performance by the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders and a check presentation to both foundations. The school donated half of what it earned to Make-A-Wish and half to Bloom's foundation.

"Unfortunately Haley's sick," Ayers said -- the 11-year-old was back in the hospital. "But just to interact for the kids and show support for the people that are here means a lot."

Ayers' younger brother is a freshman at Cherry Creek, so he was happy he could keep his appearance a secret for so long -- even if his brother eventually found out a little early.

"I'm just glad I could help out," Ayers smiled.