ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos presented their "Champions in the Community" awards and recognized safety Justin Simmons as the team's 2019 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee at a team meeting on Thursday.
Outside linebacker Von Miller was presented with the Broncos' Community Impact Award, while cornerback Chris Harris Jr., linebacker Joe Jones, kicker Brandon McManus and safety Will Parks received the team's Community Ambassador Awards. Additionally, the team recognized offensive lineman Dalton Risner as the Community Rookie of the Year.
BRONCOS COMMUNITY AWARD WINNERS
- Miller, the Broncos' 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year, has raised more than $4.5 million for Von's Vision foundation, which provides low-income Denver children with the eye care and corrective eyewear they need. In 2019, Miller grew his foundation's impact by expanding Von's Vision Centers in local Boys & Girls Clubs and at Texas A&M University, and by launching Von's Locker program to allow students to receive vision care on an ongoing basis without the barrier of transportation. Miller was recognized nationally in June with the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service and locally in October by History Colorado as a Key Colorado Changemaker.
- Harris Jr., the Broncos' 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year, is involved in team initiatives such as the annual holiday party with Denver Rescue Mission and Taste of the Broncos while regularly supporting his teammates' personal philanthropic efforts. This year, The Chris Harris Jr. Foundation expanded its signature Coats for a Cause and Backpack Giveaway events to reach more kids in addition to launching a Reading Room at a local school in Metro Denver.
- Jones has volunteered more than 45 hours at 30-plus events in the community this year, highlighted by nine visits to patients at Children's Hospital Colorado. In addition to participating at team community events, he has made personal donations to support the Stuff For Students school supplies drive, Denver Rescue Mission Thanksgiving food drive and Children's Hospital Colorado's holiday Adopt-A-Family program.
- McManus continued to take a leadership role in team events and programming, including serving as the event emcee for the fifth annual Taste of the Broncos fundraiser in September. In addition to supporting his teammates at their personal events, he launched the Project McManus foundation in 2019 with the inaugural "Kickin' It in the Kitchen" fundraiser and hosted various STEM workshops for local students.
- Parks continues to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver with club visits and participation in various events, while also volunteering nearly 40 hours this season at 20-plus team and personal events. He continues to deepen his community involvement in his hometown of Philadelphia through his work with Philadelphia CeaseFire by launching a basketball league to help curb youth violence during peak hours.
- Risner has volunteered at nearly 20 community events and spoken to students across Colorado about the importance of having a positive attitude and being a good teammate. In addition to his work with the team, he continues to positively impact others through love and kindness through his RisnerUp Foundation.