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Broncos named finalist for ESPN’s 2021 Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award

Denver- On Thursday, ESPN released the finalists for the 2021 Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Denver Broncos was at the center of attention with the award.

For the past two years the Broncos have been one of the finalist for this award and feel very honored that they are getting recognized for the great work that they do for their community. The Broncos pride themselves with helping their community out any way that they can.

This past year, the Broncos had to find creative and unique ways to reach their community during the pandemic. Players volunteered 850 hours to connect with their community, ding and expanding a series of social justice initiatives through the team’s Inspire Change program, contributed more than $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts, was the only professional sports team to fully fund its own branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, gave 14,000+ under-resourced youth a home away from home since 2003, and more contributions.

”Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis had this to say about their accomplishment. “During such a challenging and unprecedented year, we were inspired by the dedication of so many within our organization impacting the areas of COVID-19 relief, social justice, youth development and more."

“I want to specifically applaud the players and our community development staff—Allie Engelken, Liz Jeralds, Bobby Mestas and Katie Shuster—for adapting our outreach in a truly meaningful and thoughtful way. When it was needed most, our organization worked together and rose to the occasion by providing such remarkable support to our community.”

The other teams who were finalists were Atlanta Dream (WNBA), New York City Football Club (MLS) and Toronto Blue Jays (MLB).

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