PRESS RELEASE FROM: Thursday, October 18th, 2012:
Denver Nuggets Fans Surprised by a Youth Flash Mob
Honoring Lights on Afterschool Day During Half-time Show
DENVER – Today is National Lights on Afterschool Day but Denver celebrated the holiday at the Nuggets game on Monday. Nuggets fans got a surprise during the game’s half-time show when 130 youth from across Denver took to the court pretending to play a basketball game with Nuggets Mascot Rocky but instead launched into a flash mob dancing to the song “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida.
The flash mob was sponsored by the Denver Office of Children’s Affairs and Denver Quality Afterschool Connection (DQUAC) in honor of National Lights on Afterschool Day, a nationwide event to highlight the importance of afterschool programs for children, families and communities.
“This national celebration is a great opportunity to raise awareness about how afterschool programs benefit the academic, social and emotional well-being of our city’s children and youth,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “We are extremely thankful for the generous support of the Nuggets and Kroenke Sports and Entertainment for providing the perfect stage to showcase something fun students learned from some of our local afterschool program providers.”
Launched in October 2000 by the Afterschool Alliance, National Lights on Afterschool Day brings together more than 7,500 communities throughout the country today to demonstrate the need for increased private and public investments in afterschool programming through community events and advocacy. Research consistently shows that students enrolled in quality afterschool programming get better grades and are less likely to skip class, experiment with drugs and engage in sexual activity.
“We are honored and delighted to be able to spotlight National Lights on Afterschool Day on our home court during a half-time show at a Nuggets game,” said Deb Dowling, Vice President of Community Relations and Fan Development. “The mission of Kroenke Sports Charities is to win and make a difference. On Monday, we had a big win by giving youth in our community a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a difference by raising awareness about the need to sustain and increase the availability of quality, affordable afterschool programming.”
The Denver Quality Afterschool Connection worked with various afterschool partner organizations to train the 130 youth for the flash mob, which was choreographed by Creative Dance Kids. Since 2002, the coalition has worked to raise public awareness about the need for out-of-school time programming, provide professional development opportunities for coalition members and create a collaborative environment for youth serving organizations. Currently, DQUAC boasts over 200 individual members, representing approximately 80 organizations.
Below you can watch the flash mobs performance: