Broncos Named ESPN’s Humanitarian Team of the Year
Denver Broncos Charities will be featured during the ESPYS
The Denver Broncos have been named the recipient of ESPN’s prestigious 2022 Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award.
The Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year award is given to a franchise that demonstrates how teamwork can create a measurable impact on a community or cause. The Broncos are only one of two NFL teams to ever win the award and only one of three organizations to be named a finalist three or more times. The Sports Humanitarian Awards will combine with the 2022 ESPYS for a week of programming to showcase service, character and achievement in sports. As a finalist, Denver Broncos Charities will be featured during select programming. The ESPYS air Wednesday, July 20.
The Broncos said its players and staff helped the community in 2022 with:
- Players volunteering more than 900 hours at 745 engagements.
- Launching a gun buyback program with Denver and Aurora councilmembers and Colorado nonprofit RAWTools.
- Contributing over $275,000 for Inspire Change programs and initiatives.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America: giving 14,500+ youth a home away from home since 2003.
- Supporting 30 Colorado nonprofits via the team’s Community Grant Program.
- Investing in the equity of female youth sports in the Denver area, with an emphasis on launching a girl’s high school flag football pilot program.
- Conducting the Staff Community Service Series, featuring monthly volunteer opportunities for Broncos staff and families.
A finalist for the third consecutive year, the Broncos joined the Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Penguins and Seattle Storm as nominees for the honor.
“It’s a tremendous accomplishment to just be recognized as a finalist and an incredible honor to be named the winner of ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award,” Broncos Vice President of Community Development Allie Engelken said. “This award is a culmination of adjusting to the immediate needs of our community while deepening our commitment to the long-term strategic programming we have in place. We were fortunate enough to accomplish some truly impactful feats during the 2020-21 seasons, and we hope to build on that for years to come.”