DENVER -- There was no shortage of smiles and laughs Wednesday at the Owen Boys and Girls Club.
More than 120 kids from half of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver convened at Owen for the Denver Broncos/Gatorade Junior Training Camps, an event the Broncos hold to kickoff to the fall Play 60 Challenge. The kids were greeted by Broncos cheerleader Kisato and Broncos mascot Miles before running through football and fitness training, including running, throwing, tackling and diving catch drills. "Hit it like someone who stole your lunch money," one kid yelled during a drill with a tackling dummy.
"The kids are excited, and the staff’s excited as well," said Rick Cope, the Director of Club Operation for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. "Anytime we do anything with the Broncos, it’s a great time for the kids and the staff."
Helping organize the event were members of Owen's Keystone Club, high school-aged club members who volunteer in leadership positions. Miles and Kisato provided motivation and also got involved in the drills. Miles even tried his hand at quarterbacking, tossing the ball for a few diving catches.
Miles and Co. will travel to the Broncos Boys and Girls Club to hold the same event for the other half of Denver clubs on Thursday. Cope says the event is one of the biggest on his calendar each year and it is a great experience that brings the kids from all clubs together.
The Play 60 Challenge is a 4-6 week program started through a partnership between the NFL and American Heart Association to inspire kids to get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day in school and at home. NFL Play 60 is implemented at the grassroots level through NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based programs.For community updates follow @BroncosOffField on Twitter and head to https://www.facebook.com/BroncosCommunity.