The giveSPORTS program is a bridge to help every child get in the game, regardless of circumstance. It keeps kids active and puts them on the path to academic success and increased school attendance. The giveSPORTS program believes that no child should be sidelined because of their financial status. Children who have the opportunity to play sports learn many life lessons such as teamwork, leadership, sportsmanship, responsibility, ethics, time management, how to strive to win and how to cope with losing.
Creating Communities where no Child is Sidelined
The biggest predictor of sport participation is the parents’ income. Only 27.5 percent of children from homes with incomes under $25,000 a year play sports (Aspen Institute).
How it Works
We Collect the Gear
A Precious Child collects donations of new and gently-used sports equipment and distributes these items to disadvantaged children in the community through our Resource Center as well as our Agency Partners.
Caregivers fill out an Opportunity Fund application
Opportunity Funds are used to help cover the costs of sports fees.
Kids get in the game
Opportunity Funds give children in need the opportunity to participate in sports alongside their peers despite the hardships they face.
Annual giveSPORTS Equipment Drive
This year, we will be celebrating our 12th Annual Equipment Drive, in partnership with Kroenke Sports Charities. Since 2012, we have been able to serve over 78,000 individuals with over 220,000 pieces of equipment and raised over $120,000!
Stay tuned for more information on how to participate in this year’s giveSPORTS Equipment Drive!
giveSPORTS Skills Camps
The typical American family spends an average of $700 per year on each child’s sports activities, but some spend upwards of thousands in order to pay for equipment, travel, camps, fees and more.
A Precious Child giveSPORTS Program provides children with access to participate in sports. A big part of the giveSPORTS program is the A Precious Child annual giveSPORTS Skills Camps, where A Precious Child partners with local athletes to provide children with the opportunity to not only learn the game of football, basketball, or baseball from a Professional Player, but also learn the importance of sportsmanship, the value of teamwork, and the chance to make new friendships.
In 2022, we held our 2nd annual Dalton Risner giveSPORTS football camp with Denver Broncos’ offensive lineman returning once more to teach kids the game of football! The smiles on everyone’s faces were contagious, and Dalton does an amazing job of making every child feel special and capable of achieving their dreams.
A Precious Child was also invited to participate in the 2022 ProCamps football camp with Denver Broncos player Courtland Sutton, and we were thrilled to cover the registration fees for several campers so they could have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For many of these kids, this was so much more than a 2-day football camp.
2022 was also the first giveSPORTS baseball camp with Ryan McMahon. We had so much fun learning from a Colorado Rockies Professional Athlete and breaking out some dance moves on the field. For many of the kids, it was their first time playing baseball. At the end of the day, all of the kids left feeling inspired, motivated and excited to get into the game!