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For Aurora shooting victim, a dream to help kids comes true

Jessica Ghawi had a dream: To collect and donate sports equipment to needy kids. She was killed in the Aurora shootings in July but her family is realizing her vision. NBC's Mike Taibbi reports.

When the Colorado fires broke out this summer, Jessica Ghawi told her mother that she wanted to donate sports gear to the children who lost their homes in the fires. 

But before she could realize her dream, Ghawi was among 12 killed on July 20 at a move theater in Auora, Colo.

Now, two months after her death, her family has connected with A Precious Child, a Colorado non-profit. Among their services for children is give SPORTS, which donates new and slightly used sports equipment to families. A perfect match for Jessica’s vision.


On a recent clear and sunny morning in Denver, volunteers gathered around a donated 18 wheeler in the Pepsi Center parking lot and held a sports gear drive.

People pulled up and donated sports equipment and money for a scholarship to pay for registration and tournament fees, equipment and other sports-related expenses.

For the Ghawi family, it was an emotional and successful day. They donated some of their daughter’s sports equipment. The Sullivan family also donated – their son, Alex, had turned 27 on the day he was killed at the theater.

By the end of the day, the nonprofit had collected 25,000 new and gently used sports equipment, $11,000 in cash and $30,000 in scholarship money to be later distributed around Colorado.

Text SPORTS to 50555 to donate $10 to the Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS Scholarship Fund.