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Teaming Up to Teach Youth Positive Character Development

A group of students pose with Denver Bronco linebacker Quentin Gause at a Character Playbook meeting

This past Saturday, Mile High United Way, teamed up with the Denver Broncos, Verizon, EverFi, and students from Aurora Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, and the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club for an end of year NFL Character Playbook celebration. Denver Bronco Linebacker Quentin Gause led the panel discussion tackling a variety of topics and issues that students from middle school through high school face on a daily basis, both at school and at home.

Nationally funded by United Way and the NFL Foundation, Character Playbook, is a digital learning initiative that teaches students concepts around positive character development, social-emotional learning, and building and maintaining healthy relationships throughout their lives. During the discussion, each student noted a different issue as the biggest challenge he or she faces in their daily lives ranging from marijuana use to violence to class stereotypes. However, they were all in agreement with the importance of the playbook and its ability to teach them the best practices for overcoming these obstacles. The program has specifically helped them to deal with hard situations when dealing with bullying, and most importantly served as a reminder to always lead by example.

United Way has partnered NFL to bring Character Playbook to schools and community-based organizations in all 32 NFL markets across the U.S. In Metro Denver, we implemented the program in 44 middle and high schools, reaching nearly 3,000 students.