Steamboat Springs Former Denver Broncos David Treadwell and Reggie Rivers stopped by the Steamboat TV18 studio in Steamboat Springs on Friday to talk football and the reason for their visit to the Yampa Valley — Saturday's Ski 4 Yellow event at Steamboat Ski Area.
“As part of the Broncos Alumni Association, we get together and try to find causes that we believe in that are doing great things in the community,” said Rivers, a former Broncos running back. “When the 4 Yellow Foundation started telling us about what they are doing and the event they have, we wanted to partner with them.”
Rivers will be part of a group of five from the Broncos Alumni Association taking part in the second annual Ski 4 Yellow event, which began Friday with a cocktail party at Strings Music Pavilion. On Saturday, local Olympians, world champions and former professional athletes like Rivers and Treadwill will take to the slopes with Ski 4 Yellow participants to enjoy a day of skiing while supporting the Livestrong Foundation’s global mission, as well as Steamboat Springs’ local cancer-related efforts.
Saturday’s event features teams competing in a number of fun tasks like riding every chairlift, taking scenic trails and racing on the NASTAR course. The teams will receive points for each task competed.
“We are just trying to raise awareness and help raise funds for the Livestrong Foundation through a neat event here in Steamboat Springs,” Treadwell said. “Ski 4 Yellow is a great deal. We get to do a scavenger hunt on the mountain. I’ve never done anything like that, so it will be fun trying to hit all the different lifts and do the different NASTAR race courses and things like that. It should be a good day.”
In 2011, the 4 Yellow Foundation granted $100,000 to local organizations, including the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation and the Yampa Valley Medical Center. The 4 Yellow Foundation also sponsors the annual Ride 4 Yellow mountain bike ride on the Continental Divide Trail above Steamboat Springs. This year’s ride is Aug. 18, and participation is limited to the first 200 riders who register.
Ski 4 Yellow participants have pledged to raise at least $500 for cancer-related efforts. Half of the proceeds will be granted to local organizations, and half will go to Livestrong.
Those skiers will have a chance to ski with athletes like Rivers, who spent six seasons with the Broncos from 1991 to 1996, and Treadwell, who was a kicker with the Broncos from 1989 until 1992 and spent the 1993-94 season with the New York Giants.
Both former Broncos were excited to talk about Ski 4 Yellow, and they also were eager to talk about the addition of quarterback Peyton Manning to the Denver Broncos roster.
“I was a big (Tim) Tebow fan. I would have been all in if they would have supported him and backed him and said, ‘He’s our quarterback,’” Treadwell said. “But if you get the chance to go after Peyton Manning, you take the shot. They took the shot and they got him, so you can’t blame them for trying to bring a guy like that in — he’s won a Super Bowl already and been to another. He’s been a league MVP, so he’s certainly got what it takes to make them a contender right way.”
Rivers also is encouraged by the arrival of Manning and is looking for good things from the Broncos next season.
“Their defense showed a lot of promise last year, which is the reason Tebow made so many last-minute comebacks — because the defense held so many teams under 13 points,” Rivers said. “Part of the attraction that Peyton had to the Broncos is to say, ‘Look at the defense that you have.’ They also have some good young receivers.”
Rivers thinks the Broncos will look for some help on the defensive line and possibly add another experienced receiver or two before next season, but he’s optimistic about the team’s 2012 campaign.
“I really think that they have a good nucleus, and if you add Peyton, it will dramatically improve the performance of the wide receivers,” Rivers said. “It’s hard to quantify the magnifying effect that he is going to have on the team, but it’s going to be fun to watch.”
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