Login  |   Register
On Now
Coming Up
  • Mon., Oct. 24, 2016 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Texans vs. Broncos
    Texans vs. Broncos
    Monday, October 24 • 6:30PM MDT • ESPN
    Week 7 • NFL Homecoming • Ring of Fame Ceremony • presented by Bud Light

  • Sun., Oct. 30, 2016 2:05 PM - 5:00 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Chargers vs. Broncos
    Chargers vs. Broncos
    Sunday, October 30 • 2:05PM MDT • CBS
    Week 8 • Halloween Extravaganza • presented by Nationwide

  • Tue., Nov. 01, 2016 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM MDT Drive for Life Drive for Life
    Date: Tuesday 11/1, 8 am – 5 pm
    Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Description: 19th annual community blood drive in partnership with Bonfils Blood Center. Appointments are not needed, for more information please visit: www.bonfils.org
  • Sun., Nov. 06, 2016 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM MST GAMEDAY: Broncos at Raiders
    Broncos at Raiders
    Sunday, November 6 • 6:30PM MST • NBC
    Week 9

  • Sun., Nov. 13, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM MST GAMEDAY: Broncos at Saints
    Broncos at Saints
    Sunday, November 13 • 11AM MDT • CBS
    Week 10

  • Tue., Nov. 22, 2016 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM MST Denver Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution Denver Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution
    Date: Tuesday 11/22 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Description: The Denver Rescue Mission will distribute Thanksgiving food boxes and turkeys to families who have pre-registered with them. Broncos Country is encouraged to donate a vehicle to the Denver Rescue Mission: https://www.denverrescuemission.org/vehicle.
  • Sun., Nov. 27, 2016 2:25 PM - 5:30 PM MST GAMEDAY: Chiefs vs. Broncos
    Chiefs vs. Broncos
    Sunday, November 27 • 2:25PM MST • CBS
    Week 12 • Salute to Service • presented by USAA

  • Sun., Dec. 04, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM MST GAMEDAY: Broncos at Jaguars
    Broncos at Jaguars
    Sunday, December 4 • 11AM MST • CBS
    Week 13

  • Sun., Dec. 11, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM MST GAMEDAY: Broncos at Titans
    Broncos at Titans
    Sunday, December 11 • 11AM MST • CBS
    Week 14

  • Sun., Dec. 18, 2016 2:25 PM - 5:30 PM MST GAMEDAY: Patriots vs. Broncos
    Patriots vs. Broncos
    Sunday, December 18 • 2:25PM MST • CBS
    Week 15 • Man of the Year • presented by Verizon


Focus on Fitness

Posted Sep 14, 2010

Brian Dawkins helped show the Broncos' support for physical education by taking part in festivities celebrating a grant for Kepner Middle School as part of NFL Network and Comcast's "Keep Gym in School" campaign.

DENVER -- When Brian Dawkins was a youngster growing up in Jacksonville, Fla., he and his school pals would spend their recess time playing a game called "hotball." The Broncos safety said there was nothing like the feeling of sitting through the rest of the school day sweaty and dirty after a particularly intense game.

Those memories drove the passion that led Dawkins to Kepner Middle School on Tuesday to help the NFL Network and Comcast dedicate new equipment and facilities made possible through the 2010 "Keep Gym in School" program. Dawkins talked to the students about the importance of staying active during a morning pep rally before leading them through a play period featuring football drills and fitness exercises.

"Maybe there's something that I'm able to say that convinces them to get out for a little while, to stay out a little longer, to stay active," Dawkins said. "Hopefully as they become young adults and adults the thing that they start now with being active will carry over."

Kepner students waived pom-poms and Broncos pennants throughout the pep rally, which featured appearances by Broncos Cheerleaders Katie and Jessica and Miles the Mascot. NFL Network's Scott Hanson emceed the event, introducing performances by Kepner's own band, Lincoln High's cheer squad and Montbello High's drum line.

Colorado Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones and Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg talked to the students about the new fitness opportunities provided by the $25,000 grant. Scott Binder, Senior Vice President of Comcast's Mile High Region, also spoke about the opportunity to help with such an important cause.

The school has used the money to build a new climbing wall and buy new sports equipment, including footballs, volleyballs and pedometers.

"I think it's incredible to have the Broncos as such a good partner of ours," Boasberg said afterward. "Their generosity and the role models their players serve as for our kids are just wonderful."

During the rally, Jones said that 55 percent of Colorado's teenaged students do not get at least one scheduled period of physical activity per week. But through programs such as Keep Gym in School, Denver Public Schools has made efforts to further its athletic offerings. Boasberg said the district has expanded its middle school sports programs in recent years and is in the process of doing the same at the high school level.

"I think the physical exercise is a key part of school," said Boasberg, who wore his Yale football jersey from his days as a Bulldog wide receiver. "It makes you a better student, makes people come to school and helps people come together and learn teamwork."

Dawkins helped hammer home that message to students during his speech and the clinic. On a bright, sunny morning, Dawkins led students through stretching and assisted at various stations designed to simulate football drills, including areas for the 40-yard dash and vertical jump testing.

After stretching, the Broncos captain flashed some of the positive energy that has served him well on the football field, sending the students to their drills saying "Let's Rock, let's rock."

Dawkins noted that his favorite school subject was English and talked about the relationship between fitness and success in the classroom. It's that belief that made the All-Pro jump at the chance to help the NFL Network and Comcast support the initiative.

A father of four children, Dawkins said with recent cuts to physical education nationally, it's more important than ever to motivate children to get out from behind the computer or video game system. Whether it's playing football, "hotball" or something else, Dawkins wants students to know the benefits of regular exercise.

"I think it's important to understand that you can have fun and not even know that you're doing things to keep you physically fit -- playing tag and different things like that," Dawkins said. "You're running around. You're breathing hard. You're being active. You're having a good time. You're not thinking about exercising."

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.