Joe Ellis, Broncos to receive Community Enrichment Award

Jul 19, 2021, 11:20 AM

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — President & CEO Joe Ellis and the Denver Broncos have been selected to receive the prestigious Mizel Institute 2021 Community Enrichment Award, it was announced on Monday.

Ellis and the Broncos organization will be honored by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis in conjunction with the Colorado Remembers 9/11 20th Anniversary Commemoration and Tribute Concert that will take place at Empower Field at Mile High on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

“Joe Ellis’ leadership of the Denver Broncos and his passion for causes that promote health and wellness, youth development and civic engagement for Coloradoans make him genuinely deserving of the Mizel Institute Community Enrichment Award,” Polis said.

Ellis joins President of Football Operations John Elway (2017) and late Owner Pat Bowlen (2013) as Broncos recipients of the state’s most noteworthy philanthropic award that recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community and worked to significantly enhance the lives of others. When selecting honorees, the Mizel Institute takes into consideration an individual’s level of philanthropic support, impact on a cross-section of the community and demonstrated commitment to the ideals of both the Mizel Museum and the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL).

“We are privileged to honor a leader and an organization that have indelibly shaped our community,” Mizel Institute Founder Larry A. Mizel said. “Joe Ellis and the Denver Broncos demonstrate, time and again, that their family and team extend to the city and state. This past year, we have seen the most challenging of times, and Joe and the Broncos have helped lead the way in healing and unifying our community.”

One of the largest community fundraisers in Colorado, the Mizel Institute Annual Dinner draws guests in the thousands, representing a wide array of community leaders in government, business, education and philanthropy. Funds raised from the event support its two centers, the Mizel Museum and the CELL, whose valuable programs empower individuals to become civically engaged in promoting social justice and enhancing public safety. Learn more at

Ellis has overseen the Broncos’ community outreach that has grown to include comprehensive programming in the areas of Youth Development, Quality of Life, Health & Wellness, Youth Football and Civic Engagement. The team’s community outreach has earned national recognition with back-to-back distinctions (2020-21) as 1-of-4 franchises in all of sports to be named a finalist for ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award.

On average, the Broncos annually give more than $1.5 million in the form of direct grants, programmatic offerings and events and in-kind support to the community.

In 2020—a year unlike any other—the Denver Broncos players and staff supported their community by:

– Volunteering more than 850 hours (including 230+ video/Zoom hours) through 744 different engagements
– Adding and expanding a series of social justice initiatives through the team’s Inspire Change program
– Contributing more than $1 million to COVID-19 relief efforts
– Being the only professional sports team to fully fund its own branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, giving 14,000+ under-resourced youth a home away from home since 2003
– Investing $300,000 in the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club’s renovations and reopening
– Supporting 35 local nonprofits via the club’s annual Community Grant Program
– Conducting the Staff Community Service Series, featuring in-person and remote monthly volunteer opportunities for Broncos staff and families


Michael Toglia...

Andrew Mason

Rockies demote home-run leader Michael Toglia … but there’s more to it than that

Michael Toglia leads the Rockies in home runs, but is mired in a deep slump, resulting in his momentary demotion to AAA Albuquerque.

15 hours ago

Shedeur Sanders...

Jake Shapiro

Watch: Deion Sanders announces his son as CU Buffs new quarterback

The Colorado Buffaloes have their new coach and they now have a quarterback too, Shedeur Sanders will be a Buffs

1 year ago

Pat Surtain II...

Jake Shapiro

Pat Surtain II readying for big sophomore season, has advantage in Seattle

Pat Surtain II had a ridiculous rookie season, and he's ready for the follow-up; starting with a matchup in Seattle

2 years ago

Karl Dorrell...

Jake Shapiro

Karl Dorrell knows he could be fired any time but he lives for life or death

Karl Dorrell believes things have turned around in Boulder, that doesn't stop him from liking to live as though he could be fired at any point

2 years ago

Josh Allen...

Jake Shapiro

How to watch the Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills preseason game

The Denver Broncos play their second preseason game on Saturday, facing off against the Buffalo Bills, here's how you can tune in

2 years ago

Avalanche fans show their support...

Jake Shapiro

Social media explodes as Avalanche hoist the Stanley Cup

The Colorado Avalanche have started the party of the year in Denver. Their Stanley Cup win has the Mile High City in a tizzy

2 years ago

Joe Ellis, Broncos to receive Community Enrichment Award