The Denver Broncos announced Monday that the organization will collaborate with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver on a long-term legacy project to honor the memory of Darrent Williams. The Darrent Williams Memorial Teen Center will open in early 2008 as an expansion to the Denver Broncos Boys and Girls Club in Montbello and serve significantly more children in need.
An important part of this legacy effort is the creation of a 7-foot, life-size bronze of Darrent Williams sculpted by world renowned artist Ed Dwight and generously funded by community members Doug Morton and his wife, Marilyn Brown.
"My wife Marilyn and I are thrilled to support the new DWMTC with this sculpture," Morton said. "Reverend Leon Kelly of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives has led us to understand the importance of helping children learn how to improve their lives through programs available to them."
As the sculpture is created over the next four months, Dwight will involve a group of teens from the new Teen Center in the entire process so that they can learn the craft and also own the project.
The sculpture is scheduled to be completed and displayed at the time the doors first open to the new Darrent Williams Memorial Teen Center. Rich Barrows, who has been the director of the Denver Broncos Boys and Girls Club since it opened in 2003, is nationally known for his work to advance the dreams of teens and will bring this expertise to the new programming of the Center, serving more and more kids in the Montbello community and in the metro area at large.
For more information on this legacy project, please visit the community section of www.DenverBroncos.com or contact Broncos Vice President of Community Development Cindy Galloway-Kellogg at (720) 258-3842. To learn more about Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, please visit www.positiveplacedenver.org.