Broncos Von Miller to receive national award for sports public service

Von Miller was named the recipient of a national honor Tuesday celebrating his dedication to serving Denver’s community.

The Broncos linebacker will take home the 2019 Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service in Sports, an annual distinction in its 47th year given to a professional sports figure as chosen by the national nonprofit Multiplying Good. Miller will accept the honor during a ceremony on June 18 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., where former Broncos edge rusher DeMarcus Ware will introduce Miller.

Miller, the Broncos’ all-time sacks leader, founded Von’s Vision in 2012, which provides low-income children with vision care and eye exams. His personal charity has since raised more than $4.5 million. Miller also led an effort last season to raise $200,000 from the team to provide local police with training and equipment for responding to active shooters through Shield 616.

Previous winners of the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service in Sports include: Chris Long (2018), Shaquille O’Neal (2018), Joe Torre (2017), Mariano Rivera (2014), Troy Vincent (2012) and Peyton Manning (2006).

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