To honor Jessica Redfield Ghawi, a victim in the Aurora theatre shooting, the Colorado Avalanche, through Kroenke Sports Charities, will be holding a sports equipment drive this Saturday, September 8th, from 7:00 am until noon. The event, which is titled “Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS Equipment Drive”, will be held in the Pepsi Center parking lot in Denver. A full press release for the event can be found here.
Jessica had the idea early this summer to help families who were affected by the Colorado Wildfires replace sports equipment they had lost. The drive has been expanded to include local Denver children in need through a local non-profit organization, A Precious Child. Monetary donations will be accepted in honor of Jessica through their website, www.apreciouschild.org.
From the event website:
“Jessi realized that it’s the little things that make a big difference. She had such a passion for sports, and she knew what an important role sports played in communities. She knew that sports are something that can really help kids bounce back, give them something to look forward to even in the worst of circumstances. Jessi was the most incredible giver I’ve ever met, and she was always looking to help others even when it wasn’t in her best interest to help. Her main focus was on making sure that all these families that lost everything had the little things.” –Jay Meloff, Jessica’s boyfriend
Jessica, an aspiring sports journalist, made her mark on the Colorado scene writing an Avalanche sports blog and working internships with Altitute Sports and Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan. Jessica also was a big part of the San Antonio Rampage community in her hometown of San Antonio. I met Jessica in Denver through our mutual love of hockey. A recent addition to covering the Avalanche, she pegged them as “The Boy Next Door” in an article about hockey teams as boyfriends. She was a person loved by everyone who came into contact with her due to her joyous personality and infectious enthusiasm. . Her legacy is also being carried on through a journalism scholarship fund set up by her family. For more information visit https://www.saafdn.org/JRGScholarship and follow @JRGFoundation on twitter.