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Woodyard's Toy Drive

Posted Dec 13, 2011

Wesley Woodyard's 16Ways Foundation hosted its second annual toy drive at the Downtown Aquarium Monday.


DENVER -- A three-time captain, Wesley Woodyard is a revered leader in the Broncos locker room.

He’s also a leader in the community.

On Monday a large group of teammates showed their support for Woodyard’s 16Ways Foundation, taking part in the non-profit organization’s second annual toy drive at the Downtown Aquarium.

Guests brought a wide array of unwrapped gifts to the event, placing them under a Christmas tree in the ballroom before meeting and greeting the many Broncos in attendance. Those gifts will be donated to families with limited means for the holidays and a silent auction featuring autographed memorabilia was also held to raise money.

“Giving back to the kids in the community is something I just love doing,” Woodyard said, who started the 16Ways Foundation to provide resources for at-risk youths last year. “I just love being around the Denver community.”

16Ways’ mission is to reassure at-risk youths that they matter, in order for them to achieve their highest possible academic and social levels, with the intent to become productive, contributing members of society.

Woodyard was proud to say toy drive’s size doubled in its second year and he was overjoyed to see so many guests and teammates walk through the door, dedicating their time to his foundation.

“The biggest thing is that they are out here supporting the cause,” Woodyard said. “They are here to help give back to kids in Denver that might not have the best Christmas.”

Rookie safety Rahim Moore has admired Woodyard’s work ethic and selfless attitude since joining the team in the summer, and he was honored to attend the toy drive held by one of the team’s most respected leaders.

“Wesley is our locker room, man. He’s our pride and joy. I had to come,” Moore said. “He’s been a mentor to me, showing me how to go about my daily life. I love this guy. If I was a coach I’d have him on my team any day.”

“There is more to him than just a football player.”

The Broncos locker room has known that for quite some time and Monday was just another example of Woodyard’s devotion to community service.

Quarterback Tim Tebow is another active Bronco in the community, working with a foundation of his own to give back. He was one of the first to arrive at Woodyard’s toy drive, supporting a friend and a worthy cause.

“I’m proud to call him a teammate, I’m proud to call him a friend,” Tebow said. “I think what he’s doing is inspiring.”