AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Denver Nuggets hit the hardwood at Gateway High School in Aurora on Wednesday.
Officials with the NBA team said they want to do their part to help the community recover from the Aurora theater shooting, which took place on July 20 a mile away from the school.
More than 60 people from the school were at the Century 16 theater at the time of the shooting, two of whom were shot.
The visit clearly put students in good spirits. Most of the Nuggets top players were there and signed autographs, and they brought the Nuggets dancers and the mascot Rocky with them.
At one point during warmups guard Andre Miller let one of the students onto the floor to shoot a basket. The young lady who was chosen hit the jumper fresh out of the stands and headed back to her seat as the kids cheered.
“It’s been helpful — everyone coming to support our school,” said Gateway student Daikota Parry. “When I first found out I couldn’t believe it. I was like ‘No they’re not! They’re not coming!’ And then they came and I was like ‘Whoa, it’s real.’ “
Player Corey Brewer said “it felt good to get out and play in front of the kids.
Nuggets Coach George Karl also presented a team jersey to Gateway Principal Bill Hedges.
The Nuggets regular season begins on Oct. 31 in Philadelphia for a game against the 76ers. The team is currently in their preseason.
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