LITTLETON, Colo. – Normally the Broncos' offensive linemen spend their weekends protecting the quarterback and opening up holes for running backs. But Saturday in the Sam's Club in Littleton, many of those Broncos were protecting the Christmas spirit and helping pick out presents for opening up later in the season.
Ryan Clady and his charity the Sharon Kemp Clady Foundation, named for his late mother, held the second annual Holiday of Giving event Saturday. With the help of some of his teammates and Sam's Club, Clady and his foundation were able to provide $1,000 to each of 10 families in need to use on any item in the store.
"I'm not really into some of the other things – football camps and stuff like that. So this is something kind of up my alley – just helping less fortunate families," Clady said. "I've done it in the past. When I was younger, we weren't exactly the richest coming up but we were able to help out less-fortunate families.
"It's definitely a blessing and I'm glad to be here."
The families were from the Goodwill Industries of Denver's Youth Career Development Program and there were also some youth and representatives from the Urban Peak Homeless Shelter.
Each family or group of shoppers was accompanied by a Bronco and a Sam's Club associate to help them navigate through the store.
Last year, five families were a part of the Holiday of Giving. This year the event was twice that size.
"This is just a way to give back through my foundation, the Sharon Kemp Clady foundation," Clady said. "Last year we did this for the first time with five families and it was a great time. We tried to do it a little bigger this year – we doubled the families with 10 families. It's a great way to help some of these people that are less fortunate to be able to have a great Christmas and enjoy their family and enjoy themselves these holidays."
The items that each group picked out varied from food products to clothes and even laptops but Clady emphasized that the importance of the afternoon was enjoying the season and enjoying family.
"Not everybody gets to have a good Christmas – I mean I've never experienced a terrible Christmas – but I would like to help people that are less fortunate be able to have a good Christmas and enjoy themselves," Clady said.
Denver Broncos | News
Denver Broncos Charities 50/50 Raffle to benefit American Cancer Society during Thursday's game against Indianapolis
Fifty percent of the net proceeds will go to one lucky winner, the other fifty percent will benefit ACS.
Broncos High School Coach of the Week: Jeremy Hayden
Hayden has the Northridge Grizzlies off to a 5-0 start and a No. 4 ranking in CHSAA 3A.
Broncos High School Game of the Week: Friday, September 30
Sterling vs. Weld Central. Game will be held at Sterling High School.
How the Broncos supported youth coming out of the juvenile justice system by hosting Café Momentum
In addition to being an upscale restaurant, Café Momentum is a nonprofit professional training program for youth who have been incarcerated or involved in the juvenile justice system.
Broncos Charities 50/50 Raffle to benefit Denver Broncos Charities during Sunday's game against the 49ers
Fifty percent of the net proceeds will go to one lucky winner, with the other fifty percent benefitting Denver Broncos Charities.
Broncos players register to vote, learn about upcoming election on National Voter Registration Day
The team hosted members of the Colorado Participation Project, who spoke with players about the process of voter registration.
Broncos High School Coach of the Week: Ricky Manzanares
Manzanares has the Littleton Lions off to a 4-0 start.
Broncos High School Coach of the Week: Ben Johnson
Johnson has Delta off to a 3-0 start and a No. 2 ranking in Class 2A.
Broncos Charities 50/50 Raffle to benefit National Sports Center for the Disabled during Sunday's home opener against the Texans
Fifty percent of the net proceeds will go to one lucky winner, with the other fifty percent benefitting Denver Broncos Charities and the National Sports Center for the Disabled.
Broncos to host eighth annual Taste of the Broncos presented by King Soopers
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with Broncos players, Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, alumni and Miles the Mascot.
Broncos High School Coach of the Week: Jesse McConnell
McConnell has the No. 1 ranked Eagles off to a 2-0 start.