DENVER -- The lines stretched down the sidewalk, but Miles, the Broncos' mascot didn’t mind. Neither did 400 kids who were waiting to meet some former NFL stars.
“The fact that we don't have a riot thing behind me, it's really going smoothly right now,” said Jake Schroeder, executive director of the Denver Police Activities League.
And that’s not all. The kids also walked away with a new pair of cleats thanks to Denver Broncos Alumni, Sports Authority, and Nike, which teamed up for the first-of-its-kind giveaway.
"We had a laundry list of school supplies for three kids so being able to get cleats at no cost was an excellent opportunity. We are so glad about that," said Telaya Purchase, a parent at the event.
"Cleats are expensive. Cleats can be anywhere from $50 to $200 or however much you want to spend. All the equipment is expensive,” Jake Schroeder said.
Organizers plan on making the cleat giveaway an annual event. It didn't take the kids long to lace up their new shoes.
The aspiring young athletes are part of the Denver Police Activities League, a nonprofit with a mission of keeping kids busy during high risk hours when they're most likely to get in trouble.
It’s an unforgettable gift that left a lasting impact on some aspiring football stars from some football greats who have left some big shoes to fill.