An estimated 14,252 new and gently used pieces of sports equipment, $3000 in cash donations and $2000 in gift card donations were collected at Pepsi Center on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the second annual Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS Equipment Drive.
The equipment drive was inspired by Ghawi – a former intern of Altitude TV, sports participant and sports reporter – who was one of the victims that died during the July 20, 2012 Aurora theater shooting. Prior to her death, Ghawi was creating a fundraiser that would help provide hockey equipment to families affected by wildfires throughout Colorado that summer.
Avalanche players Cody McLeod and Paul Stastny were on hand to help collect donations, as well as U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and several other members of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Mammoth, Colorado Rapids and Denver Cutthroats on a warm morning in Denver. Sandy Phillips, Ghawi's mother, once again made the trip from Texas after participating in the inaugural event last summer.
“I am so touched by the people of Colorado – many who never met my daughter, that from the kindness of strangers," Phillips said. "Jessi’s dream lives on.”
Some of the sports items collected included gear for hockey, baseball, softball, basketball, boxing, football, lacrosse, roller hockey, roller skating/blading, soccer, tennis and volleyball.
All equipment will be donated to A Precious Child – a local non-profit that works with more than 150 community organizations to find children in need to receive the equipment. In addition, monetary donations will benefit A Precious Child’s giveSPORTS program, which helps provide financial assistance for sports-related registration fees.
A Precious Child will continue to accept items. More information can be found at www.apreciouschild.org.
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