DENVER — There’s excitement surrounding the Denver Broncos’ preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.
A player’s commitment extends far beyond the pitch. Broncos guard Dalton Risner partnered with the non-profit A Precious Child’s GiveSPORTS program last month to host a free soccer camp for kids. It gathered about a hundred participants.
A Precious Child gives children in need opportunities and resources to help them reach their full potential.
“He’s got a really nice personality. I think that’s a great thing to have in the community – how he helps us with camps and makes us chase our dreams. And I think that’s really cool,” said the camper, Mario Sanders.
Broncos guard Dalton Risner’s commitment extends beyond the football field
The nonprofit’s GiveSPORTS program helps children and families in need get involved in youth sports. It also gives them some inspiration along the way.
“My goal is to go to college, to go to LSU, because I would be the first person in my family to go to college. And I want to go to the NFL and play for my favorite team,” camper Jahsiaa Jackson said.
“It’s the highlight of my year, every year, just being with these kids,” Risner said. “Every child goes through something here. Every child has a battle, whether it’s at home with their parents, grandparents, siblings, they all have something to do and you show up here, and you can impact these kids, and you hear their stories.”
A child, Jayden, who attended the event said it was inspiring to meet Risner.
“Just to hear him talk and love where he’s from. It’s just, it’s inspiring. I feel like Dalton is more vocal, and he actually comes and talks to you and it gives the feeling like he’s not a celebrity. He’s just a normal person,” Jayden said. “It was awesome. He is inspiring. Just to hear him talk and where he’s from. It’s inspiring.
“We’re so grateful to A Precious Child for putting this together. I’m so grateful to be a part of it. Grateful to have these kids here. Every year you have special kids here and every year you have an impact,” Risner said.
This was the second year that Risner had helped organize the event. Last year’s event also featured Broncos player Justin Simmons.