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    This is great that the Broncos are doing this:

    By Charlie Brennan, Rocky Mountain News
    January 29, 2007
    The Denver Broncos announced today they will contribute $50,000, matched by $50,000 from the Morton Publishing Company, to be paid over five years to the Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives program to assist that organization in working with at-risk youth in the metro area.
    Broncos media information coordinator Patrick Smyth said the contribution was influenced by the unsolved Jan. 1 slaying of second-year cornerback Darrent Williams, and it is being called the Darrent Williams Memorial Grant.

    Rev. Leon Kelly said that he is meeting in the next few days with Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, plus a representative of the Denver Nuggets, and that both those teams have indicated an interest in helping Kelly's community-based non-profit.

    "They see we’re working with 100 to 110 (future) Darrent Williamses every day, at our school, and trying to give them structure," Kelly said. The Broncos-Morton donation, he said, "hopefully will set the pace, for the Nuggets and the Rockies to step up. There are forces like the Broncos, who aren’t willing to let this die, and who are committed to keep this in the eyes of the public."

    Kelly runs an after-school program at Wyatt-Edison Charter School in east Denver. The program lasts two hours each day, with the first hour devoted to study and the second given to team sports and other activities.

    Thanks to Bronco4Life and Medford Bronco for signature

    Rest in Peace - Darrent (27) and Damien (29

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    More on Grant:

    Broncos Announce Grant To Memorialize D. Williams
    (CBS4) DENVER The Denver Broncos have announced a new grant in memory of slain cornerback Darrent Williams.

    The team will donate $50,000 each year to "a deserving agency in the Denver community that provides positive alternatives to youth."

    Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting on New Year's Day in Denver. Police are still looking for suspects in the case.

    The first memorial grant will be given to Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, the group run by anti-gang activist Rev. Leon Kelly.

    "Our organization has partnered with Open Door in many ways over the span of the past decade from alliance with the Annual Billy Thompson Kiwanis Golf Tournament in the mid-late 90’s to the integration of Reverend Kelly’s gang prevention messages through Lynch’s Leaders at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver," Broncos President and CEO Pat Bowlen said in a prepared statement. "It is through this association that we have come to believe in the commitment and the devotion of Reverend Leon Kelly to prevent gang violence through the work of Open Door, and it is a wonderful first step in formally memorializing Darrent."

    Businessman Doug Morton of Morton Publishing Company said he is matching the Broncos' donation.

    The Broncos organization has also been helping Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and Denver Public Schools Foundation for years.

    Thanks to Bronco4Life and Medford Bronco for signature

    Rest in Peace - Darrent (27) and Damien (29