Basketball game brings together Denver police and youth

Eleventh annual Hoops for Peace event hosted at Boys & Girls Club

Hoops for Peace

WHO:  Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver Club members, the Denver Nuggets, KS107.5, local law enforcement, and community members

WHAT:  11th Annual Hoops for Peace – This Saturday, July 21, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver will host the 11th annual “Hoops for Peace” event at the Cope Boys & Girls Club in central Denver. Hoops for Peace brings together local law enforcement and youth in the community for a friendly game of basketball, plus a range of other festivities. This event is part of Building Bridges Through Basketball – an NBA initiative to use basketball to bring people together and deepen important bonds of trust among youth, mentors, community leaders and law enforcement.

The event will take place from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm and hopes to build positive relationships between police and the community. The Denver Nuggets drumline and retired NBA players Ervin Johnson and Walter Davis will attend the event. Hoops for Peace will also feature carnival games, free food including pizza donated by Papa John’s, music and a brief awards ceremony. This free event is open to the public.

WHEN:  Saturday, July 21, 2018   11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Cope Boys & Girls Club, 808 Inca Street, Denver, CO 80204 

CONTACT:  Gail Bransteitter    (303) 446-6785                                               

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is to empower every Club member, through safe and impactful experiences, to: graduate high school with a plan for college or career, contribute to their community and live a healthy life. Since 1961, BGCMD has been helping kids, ages 6 to 18, achieve academic success, live healthy lifestyles, and develop good character and citizenship. The organization operates 15 safe neighborhood sites throughout metro Denver, and one residential summer camp. Learn more at  

Expanding Our Services to Support More Kids and Families

The Colorado Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant will help BGCMD expand after-school programs for metro Denver communities. The grant provides students in need with access to academic enrichment, homework help and a broad range of developmental activities, including arts, music, technology education and more. The grant also supports family engagement opportunities and community outreach.

The grant will support the expansion of services at three Club locations over the next five years. At the start of this coming school year, the following Clubs will be supported:

  • The Green Valley Ranch Boys & Girls Clubs at KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School will expand middle school services.
  • A new school-based Club located at Beach Court Elementary School will open in Northwest Denver.
  • A new school-based Club in Hidden Lake High School will open in Westminster.


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A member at the Boettcher Boys & Girls Club in Aurora for 12 years, Malachi is a shining example of how the Boys & Girls Club movement can help young people overcome obstacles and succeed in life. His perseverance, leadership and commitment to his Club and community were key to his selection as Southwest Youth of the Year. Prior to the competition, Malachi was selected as City Youth of the Year from metro Denver, and then Colorado State Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs Colorado Alliance. Continue reading

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The event, held May 19 at the Hyatt Regency Denver, featured more than 1,000 guests who gathered to celebrate Boys & Girls Club members and raise funds to support programs and services at 15 Club locations throughout the Denver area. The theme for this year’s gala was “Be a Hero for Kids” and the event highlighted the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year winners – outstanding youth leaders who have demonstrated leadership, academic excellence and commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

“We want to sincerely thank everyone who supported and attended this year’s gala and helped us make history by bringing in more than $1 million to support our Club members,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver CEO Erin Porteous. “The vital services that Boys & Girls Clubs provide are only possible because of the generous support from our community.”

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