COLORADO SPRINGS – Von Miller and the Denver Broncos organization have come forward in a big way to help protect Colorado law enforcement and first responders with a donation of $200,000 to support Colorado Springs-based Shield 616.The organization that purchases body armor and other protective gear announced Thursday, “We are tremendously grateful and beyond blessed to announce this amazing gift from the Denver Broncos, Von Miller, Joe Ellis, Coach Joseph and the entire organization.”
The funds from the Broncos will provide more than 125 protective kits to include, a ballistic vest, ballistic helmet and a wound trauma kit. The advanced armor is designed to protect against higher caliber rifle ammunition and automatic weapons fire.
“When I heard there’s been more than 300 mass shootings in the last year alone, I felt like we needed to do something for those who protect us,” Von Miller said. “I hope that we can all help bridge the gap and work to improve relationships with law enforcement in our communities.”
According to the Broncos, Von Miller’s original pledge to Shield 616 spurred 20 teammates, Head Coach Vance Joseph, President and CEO Joe Ellis, and General Manager John Elway to contribute to the cause.
“We are humbled and proud to see that Von Miller, his teammates and the Broncos are utilizing their God-given leadership gifts and influence to not only better protect our protectors but to also help build positive community relations,” said Shield 616 Founder and President Jake Skifstad.
MORE INFORMATION: www.shield616.org