March 4, 2008
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The 27th annual Ram Good Time Auction Saturday at the Hilton Fort Collins was a major success, the athletic department announced Tuesday.
Ram Club members and other supporters of the university came together to raise nearly $264,000 to pay for scholarships of CSU student-athletes. The school collects tuition and fees from every student, including those awarded full-ride scholarships, and the athletic department is charged with generating those funds. With rising tuition, the annual cost of paying for the educations of Rams student-athletes is approaching $5 million.
"It's an ever-increasing challenge for our program to keep up with rising tuition," said associate athletic director/development Mike LaPlante. "It was great to see that our supporters at the auction were up to the challenge."
The auction traditionally launches the fundraising season for athletics. Within the next few weeks, CSU with begin its annual Ram Club membership drive. Ram Club members provide more than $1.5 million annually to help offset the cost of student-athlete scholarships. The auction has raised well over $3.3 million to benefit student-athletes since its inception in the early 1980s.
Darrell Hailey, the Love Releases pastor at Timberline Church in Fort Collins, won the annual raffle drawing Saturday and now owns a new Saab 9-7x.
BASKETBALL PROMOTIONS: The Rams will honor their respective seniors at the final Moby Arena basketball games this week. The women conclude their home slate with Utah Wednesday night at 7 p.m., the last home contest for Fort Collins' Sara Hunter. Then, on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Stuart Creason will make his final Fort Collins appearance as the Rams host New Mexico. Saturday also is another opportunity for families to take advantage of Kids Day, which among other things allows youth to shoot on the court following the game. Tickets are available by calling 1-800/491-RAMS or by visiting CSURams.com.
SOFTBALL OPENING DAY THIS WEEKEND: Off to the best start in program history, CSU's softball team (11-2) plays its home opener Saturday, a doubleheader against Utah State at Ram Field. Game 1 begins at noon, followed by Game 2, and the three-game series concludes Sunday at noon. Admission is free. With a men's basketball game later Saturday afternoon, the Moby Arena lot will begin charging for parking at 12:30 p.m. Parking is free Sunday.
TENNIS BACK AT MIRAMONT FRIDAY: The Rams tennis team, fresh off a dominating win Saturday over Gonzaga, hosts Big Ten opponent Iowa Friday at Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, 901 Oakridge Drive (behind Sam's Club). The first matches begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free and all seats are within feet of the court.