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New Bronco Jamaal Charles hosts Special Olympics football clinic (pics)

Jamaal Charles on Tuesday publicly donned a Denver Broncos jersey for the first time after starting a standout career with the rival Kansas City Chiefs.

And the momentous event couldn’t have come at a better time given later in the day Charles and a handful of his new Broncos teammates hosted nearly 100 athletes from Special Olympics Colorado at the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse.

The event, a Play 60 All-Ability Clinic, symbolized support for a cause near and dear to Charles’ heart. The running back actually competed in the Special Olympics as a youngster while growing up in Port Arthur, Texas.

“Being a part of the Special Olympics growing up, they told me that I could just have hope,” Charles, who signed a one-year deal with the Broncos last week, said, via The Denver Post. “It opened my eyes up that I could get out in the community and do more, and that I’m not just an average person.

“It means a lot to me to be a part of this and try to inspire kids and show them to not give up. Because sometimes in this position, we give up. These kids here, they have bright hearts, and I want them to keep being strong and to motivate them to be successful in life.”

Regarding wearing Broncos jersey for the first time, Charles admitted it was a bit strange.

“It felt weird coming to work and putting another jersey on,” he said. “It definitely felt weird. But it’s exciting here. I’m excited about the new chapter and I’m excited about what’s ahead of me, and we’ll go from there.”

Thirteen of Charles’ new Broncos teammates joined him at the event.

“It means a lot to me, being a part of this, and trying just to inspire kids, to show them, ‘Don’t give up,’ because sometimes in this position, we give up,” Charles said, via the Broncos’ official site. “These kids right here, they’ve got bright hearts, and I want to put it in their hearts to keep on being strong and motivating them to be successful in life.”