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Educational and Athletic Programs

The Denver Nuggets are proud to support a number of youth programs that focus on education, health & fitness and teamwork. Every year, players and coaches can be found in the classroom using basketball principles to get students excited about school. The team is also committed to helping children with health and athletic programs by having the players and coaches share their knowledge about fitness, nutrition and basketball skills. Click on the different links listed below to learn more about the Nuggets educational and athletic programs throughout the Denver community.


Be There sponsored by The Colorado Beef Council
The Denver Nuggets, City Year and Colorado Beef Council partnered to give Denver Public School students an additional incentive to improve their school attendance through “Be There”. Students participating in the City Year programs were eligible to receive incentives such as game tickets and other prizes. In addition, Nuggets players made visits to schools to offer encouragement and celebrate the achievements of our participants. For more information on City Year please visit www.cityyear.org



CenturyLink Leadership in Education
Leadership in Education presented by CenturyLink seeks to recognize outstanding Colorado educators. Nominate an outstanding K-12 teacher to be recognized at a Nuggets game and receive a grant to their school’s general fund. For more information, click here.


Team Fit
Team Fit focuses on teaching kids about nutrition and fitness fundamentals. The program is available for classroom grades 3-8 throughout Metro Denver. For more information, click here.

*School registration for this program for the 2013-14 season begins on September 23, 2013.* Register Now


Junior Nuggets/YMCA Basketball League
Established in 1993 and the largest youth basketball league in Colorado, the Junior Nuggets Basketball League program includes over 9,000 boys and girls, ages 3-17, and provides them with the opportunity to play basketball in YMCAs across Colorado's front range. For more information, click here.


Nugget for a Day sponsored by Anadarko and at&t
The Nugget For A Day recognizes "quality kids" in the community who demonstrate solid academic achievement, positive attitude, good citizenship, good behavior, and community involvement. For more information, click here.

Registration for this program ONLY will be rolling throughout the season. Nominations must be from a teacher or coach and NOT a parent.


The National Basketball Academy
The Denver Nuggets have partnered with the National Basketball Academy to present the official Nuggets Youth Hoops Program. The Youth Hoops Program consists of Nuggets camps, clinics, leagues, and individualized training, all of which are designed to teach the fundamentals of basketball in a fun and positive atmosphere. For more information, click here.


Nuggets/Avalanche Prep League
By creating a sports league (volleyball, basketball, soccer, hockey, baseball and flag football) for the middle schools of the Denver public school system, the Nuggets/Avalanche Prep League filled a glaring 30-year void for these students. For more information click here .


Quality Time sponsored by The Colorado Beef Council
Quality Time provides a forum for parents and students from several elementary schools and non-profits in Denver to spend an enjoyable evening together at a Nuggets home game at Pepsi Center. For more information, click here.

*Register Now for this program for the 2012-13 season.*


Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge sponsored by Conoco
The Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge provides a unique opportunity for children to learn the basic fundamentals of basketball and participate in a fun and exciting event to help improve their skills.

More information about the state competition for boys and girls ages 7-14.

More information about having your elementary school receive a full day skills competition with our Fan Development Department.

For more information, please contact Doug Fulton at 303.405.1107 or dfulton@pepsicenter.com.


Excellence in Athletic Training in Colorado High Schools
The High School Athletic Training Program Awards were established in 2003 Denver Nuggets Head Athletic Trainer Jim Gillen to recognize outstanding high school certified athletic trainers and their athletic training programs in Colorado. In 2011, the High School Comeback Athlete of the Year was established to recognize the effort required by both an athlete and trainer to recover from an injury. More information