For Immediate Release:
1/27/2014

Broncos’ Ayers Returns Tuesday to His Jersey City Grammar School for Coats Distribution to Inner-City Kids

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Coaches and Players from the Broncos to Join Knights of Columbus for charitable event

During this period of record cold in the Northeast, the Knights of Columbus and members of the Denver Broncos — in town for the Super Bowl — will provide “Coats for Kids” to underprivileged children at a local Jersey City school.

The coats will be given to the children of Sacred Heart School, the vast majority of whom come from low-income households and qualify for the school lunch program. Also supporting this event are Catholic Athletes for Christ and the Jack and Linda Del Rio Foundation.

A number of Broncos coaches and players — many with roots in the local area — will be in attendance, including:

Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio, along his wife Linda; Running Back Knowshon Moreno who hails from Middletown Township, N.J.; Safety Mike Adams from Patterson, N.J.; Defensive End Robert Ayers of Jersey City, N.J.; Defensive Tackle Terrance Knighton from Windsor, Conn.; Defensive Line Coach Jay Rodgers.; Assistant Secondary Coach Sam Garnes from the Bronx.

The Broncos players and coaches will be joined by a number of members of the Knights of Columbus including Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. Also attending will be retired Mets All-Star catcher Mike Piazza and Ray McKenna, president of Catholic Athletes for Christ.

Sacred Heart School was chosen because it serves a low-income, inner-city community. It also has an important link to one of the Broncos – Robert Ayers – who attended the school as a child.

“As an organization founded on the principle of charity, the Knights of Columbus is committed to helping our neighbors in need,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “We are grateful to Jack and Linda Del Rio, and to the many players and coaches of the Broncos who have taken time out of their busy schedule to assist us in helping local children.”

Launched in 2009, the K of C Coats for Kids program has already provided more than 170,000 new coats to children in need. More than 1,200 K of C councils participated in this program in the past year. The Knights of Columbus and members of the Denver Broncos previously joined forces in October to distribute coats to kids on a snowy day in Denver.

For more information visit www.KofC.org/coats

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with 1.8 million members in more than 14,000 councils. Last year, we donated $167.5 million and 70 million hours of work to charitable endeavors. The Knights were founded by Venerable Father Michael McGivney in New Haven, Conn., in 1882 with charity as its first principle.