Daily Sports Smile: Broncos kicker Brandon McManus donates over $50,000 to local community

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus (8) celebrates his field goal against the Washington Football Team with punter Sam Martin (6) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus held his inaugural 25 Days of Giving initiative in an effort to help the local community. Through his foundation, Project McManus, the Broncos star distributed resources for several organizations.

The foundation has donated over $50,000 in resources and helped selected groups across the community. Each day represents a different cause for the foundation.  McManus and his group begin by supporting local animal shelters on Mondays.

On Tuesdays, the foundation provides holiday shopping sprees. The middle of the week features two great causes. Wednesdays are financial assistance for living expenses and Thursdays are for transport relief with gas card giveaways. 

The weekend includes grocery shopping for families (Fridays) and special meals for residents with illnesses (Saturdays). On Sundays, there are gameday experiences for local kids.

"My foundation and I pride ourselves on making an impact for those in need, especially during the holiday season," McManus said after receiving the award. "Our mission remains steadfast -- leave our communities in a better place than they were before."

McManus began the initiative on Dec. 1. The heartwarming efforts have been a major success in the community. So far, McManus has donated $12,000 in rent and mortgage for two families in need. He also hosted 20 kids from the Colorado Boys and Girls Club on gameday.

For his great work, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) named McManus the Week 15 NFL Community MVP. The NFLPA will make a $10,000 contribution to a charity of his choice.

McManus has previously won the weekly NFLPA award. Since starting Project McManus, he’s helped many organizations. The foundation aims to empower at-risk and disadvantaged youth through literacy, resource, scholarship and educational programming.

This season, McManus has made 20 of 23 field goals in 13 games. He has also connected on 27 extra-points for the Broncos.