Nuggets players help celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Astonished faces and laughter overflowed the hallways and classrooms at Fairview Elementary School on Thursday, Jan. 18 as students welcomed special guests Carmelo Anthony, Yakhouba Diawara, the Denver Nuggets Dancers, and Nuggets Super Mascot Rocky!Each of the more than 250 students received a Denver Nuggets t-shirt, a holiday present donated by Kroenke Sports Enterprises employees, tickets to an upcoming home game and a chance to welcome their guests to their school.
“Our partnership with the Nuggets has been a blessing – the many opportunities they have provided thus far have been fabulous. The event on Thursday with Rocky, the dancers, Carmelo and Yakhouba was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for both children and adults alike.” said Principal Norma Giron.
The players and dancers spent the afternoon listening to the students share their thoughts on the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on each of their lives. Ten year-old Annette Espinoza had the chance to share her writing with Carmelo Anthony:
“I thought that Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who fought for equality and brought peace to the people. I am so grateful to have friends of many colors. I am Hispanic and in the fourth grade at Fairview Elementary School. If it was not for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I would not be able to go to public places with my family and friends. I really wish all people could follow Dr. King’s dream…I am grateful for all that he did to have equality in our country. I am writing this in loving memory of him.” – Annette Espinoza, Fairview 4th Grader
Kroenke Sports Enterprises and the Denver Nuggets have adopted Fairview Elementary School as part of the Denver Public Schools Partners Program, which cultivates, nurtures, and sustains partnerships between DPS schools and Denver corporations. School partners provide volunteer hours, in-kind contributions, and financial resources to meet the specific needs of their adopted school.