Media Day report

Every year, roughly one month prior to the NBA regular season kicking off, the Denver Nuggets host an annual Media Day press conference. This event gives media from around the Denver metro area the opportunity to (kindly) interrogate the players, coaches and team executives about all things Nuggets in preparation for the upcoming season. This marks the second year in a row that Roundball Mining Company has had the privilege to attend Media Day, and just like last year there was a definitive buzz about the arena given the changes that took place during the offseason. Here is a recap of the day’s action…

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Saturday: sports equipment charity drive at Pepsi Center

As a heads up to our faithful readers in and around the Denver area, the Nuggets will be hosting the second annual Jessica Redfield Gawhi giveSPORTS charity drive on Saturday. If you’re able to donate some new or lightly used sports equipment to a great cause, it’s an exciting opportunity to meet some of the Denver Nuggets’ players and staff as well as Rocky and the Nuggets Dancers.

This is the second annual sports equipment charity drive the Nuggets will hold in honor of Jessica Redfield Gawhi, the former Altitude intern who was a victim of the tragic Aurora theater shooting in 2012. If you’d like to get involved and make a donation, here are the details of the event this Saturday at the Pepsi Center.

WHEN:          Saturday, August 24 (7 a.m. – Noon)

WHERE:        Pepsi Center – Camry Lot North (Enter via 7th Street from Chopper Circle)

WHY:            Jessica Redfield Ghawi, an aspiring sports journalist, was a victim of the 2012 Aurora theater tragedy.  A sports participant as well as a sports reporter, Jessica’s dream was to provide children who had lost everything with sports equipment.  Her dream became a reality in 2012 when Kroenke Sports Charities partnered with A Precious Child to collect/distribute more than 25,000 pieces of sports equipment to 150 non-profit organizations .

HOW:              New or lightly used sports equipment requested includes:   Baseball and Softball – Balls, Gloves, Catcher’s Gear, Bats;  Basketball – Balls, Nets, Shoes; Bicycles and Helmets;  Boxing – Gloves, Head Gear; Football – Balls, Pads, Helmets, Cleats;  Golf – Clubs, Balls, Shoes;  Hockey – Pucks, Skates, Pads, Goalie Gear, Helmet, Sticks;   Lacrosse – Balls, Sticks, Pads, Helmets;  Roller Hockey – Skates, Helmets, Pads, Sticks, Balls;  Roller Skating/Blading – Skates, Helmets, Pads;  Soccer – Balls, Cleats, Shin Guards;  Tennis – Balls, Rackets, Shoes ; and Volleyball – Balls, Nets, Pads.     In addition, monetary donations will benefit the Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS Scholarship Fund which provides financial assistance for sports-related registration fees.

This Weekend: 24 Hour Pick-Up Game in Denver for the Hoop Dream

Do you play basketball? Live in Denver? Want to contribute to a good cause dedicated to bringing basketball to those less-fortunate?

Our friend Brian Smith is organizing a 24-hour hoops marathon for the Hoop Dream, an organization dedicated to teaching basketball and building courts in Africa.  The event will run for 24 hours starting this Friday, May 31st at 5pm through Saturday June 1st.

Check out the details below. You can use the map we’ve embedded to find directions.

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FYI: Meet the Manimal on Saturday

Kenneth Faried will be doing his first public autograph signing on Saturday, March 2, from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Latitude Sports Showroom in Cherry Creek, located at 2620 E. 3rd Ave. Tickets are $20 and parking will be available at the Whole Foods on 1st University.