ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos presented their "Champions in the Community" awards during a team meeting on Thursday and recognized safety Justin Simmons as the team's nominee for the 2021 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide.
Outside linebacker Bradley Chubb was presented with the Broncos' Community Impact Award while defensive lineman McTelvin Agim¸ tackle Garett Bolles, wide receiver Tim Patrick, guard Dalton Risner and wide receiver Diontae Spencer received the team's Community Ambassador Awards. Inside linebacker Baron Browning was recognized as the Community Rookie of the Year.
Additionally, fullback/tight end Andrew Beck was acknowledged in-person for his selection as the team's nominee for the 2021 Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.
BRONCOS COMMUNITY AWARD WINNERS
- Chubb, in partnership with the Broncos and NFL Foundation, committed $30,000 to Denver Public Schools Foundation's A to Z fund to support education equity. The donation spearheaded by the Chubb Foundation, will enhance classroom learning and assist in providing equal opportunities for students district-wide to participate in enrichment opportunities. This is Chubb's third community recognition after being named a Community Ambassador in 2020 and Co-Rookie of the Year in 2018.
- Agim has a consistent presence at volunteer team community events, and has expanded his outreach to support LGBTQ+ youth by sponsoring attendees and junior camp counselors at a Colorado LGBTQ+ summer camp. Recognized as the 2020 Community Rookie of the Year, he also served as a mentor for the Youth Celebrate Diversity Student Leadership Team, focusing on social justice issues and equality for all. Agim's childhood experience of finding refuge at a Salvation Army shelter would be a formative one, shaping Agim's outlook on life and his dedication to helping those in need.
- Bolles created a partnership with Vertical Skills Academy in 2021, focusing on students with learning disabilities and autism by visiting with the school virtually, in-person and hosting a family night at Empower Field at Mile High. He is a part of a Juvenile Probation Court Mentorship program, which pairs him with individuals in the Arapahoe Judicial Probation Court. He receives information on each child's background—including what they are struggling with and have had to overcome—and records individual messages and videos for each child to keep them motivated. He follows up with a virtual visit and attends each child's virtual probation court hearing. This is Bolles' first community recognition.
- Patrick, after participating in an introductory Zoom call with youth at the Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center, "adopted" a pod of boys and has become a mentor to them through virtual visits, incentive programs for grades, behavior and more. A two-time Broncos Community Ambassador, he has initiated and set up nearly 30 visits in under one calendar year, in addition to more than $2,500 in in-kind donations.
- Risner, through his 'RisnerUp' Foundation, has spent countless hours volunteering, serving on nonprofit boards, and has made ongoing financial contributions to various organizations. A Community Rookie of the Year (2019) and Community Impact Award recipient (2020), he recently established a new partnership with local nonprofit 'A Precious Child,' and has expanded his outreach with Special Olympics in both Colorado and Kansas, and Denver Rescue Mission.
- Spencer works diligently on all team-related social justice initiatives including issues of decarceration, clemency, and police and community relations. He plays an active role on the Everytown Athlete Council, speaking out against gun violence, participating in national events and roundtable discussions, and advocating for reform as part of National Gun Violence Awareness Day (June 4). This is Spencer's first community recognition.
- Browning, who joined the team as a third-round draft pick in 2021, focuses his community work in the area of youth health and wellness. He has recorded the most volunteer hours amongst rookies, volunteering with Food Bank of the Rockies' Community Kitchen and PLAY 60 clinics, while also packing backpacks and distributing bicycles for students. He also provided monetary and in-kind support to families in need during the holidays through turkey donations, and various adopt-a-family outreach opportunities.