University of Denver athletes, cheerleaders collect Together 4 Colorado toys

On Saturday, the University of Denver Athletics Department helped collect toys for the 2022 Together 4 Colorado Toy Drive to benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.

“We have things including Lego sets, basketballs, footballs to candy,” said DU senior and cheerleader Maelah Castillo. “We got a wide range of toys.”

DU cheerleading and football helped bring that spirit to the community.

“This is our annual tradition for the DU community, just to give back, and that’s one of our goals as a team, to help our community and support everyone in the Denver area,” said Maddie Knox, a DU cheerleader.

Castillo has volunteered at this event for three years. For her, it hits close to home.

“I think growing up poor, I was a person who was kind of involved in getting toys from these types of toy drives,” Castillo said. “So it’s really important to me as an adult to give back to my community.”

Over the past few weeks, the athletic department has hosted several toy collection events, and that effort will continue.

“We still do rallies at any DU home game until the 16th,” Knox said.

These athletes are working hard to get the DU community spirit into the laps of all Denver kids this holiday season.

“I know I’ve been really blessed throughout my life, so it feels good to help others and get some toys,” said David Biggers, DU football player. “It means a lot to everyone to have something at Christmas. Everything counts, so cherish it, enjoy it, happy holidays.”

Marissa Armas is a reporter for CBS News Colorado. Read her latest reports or view her bio and send her an email.

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