This Week in Rams Athletics: Tickets available for Colorado Coaches for Charity fundraiser Friday

Defensive coordinator Larry Kerr and the CSU staff are raising money for Respite Care of Fort Collins

Defensive coordinator Larry Kerr and the CSU staff are raising money for Respite Care of Fort Collins

May 11, 2009

By Matt Pucak
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State football coaching staff wants to remind the CSU community that tickets remain available for an evening with the top college coaches in Colorado. Ticket purchases also support Respite Care, Inc., of Fort Collins.

The Colorado Coaches for Charity fundraising event on Friday at INVESCO Field at Mile High will feature coaches from the top programs in the state, as well as legendary coach Fisher DeBerry. Also in attendance, as the honorary chairmen for the night, will be former Denver Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey, Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson, former Denver Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist and sports broadcaster Irv Brown.

The night's festivities will include food, drinks, words from all of the coaches and a highlight video, as well as a silent and live auction. The general cocktail party will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner will take place from 7:30-9 p.m.

Respite Care of Fort Collins has been chosen by CSU Head Coach Steve Fairchild and his staff as their charity of choice to receive a grant from the Fisher DeBerry Foundation. In addition, a portion of every ticket sold by CSU's staff will benefit Respite Care.

Respite Care, Inc., offers a home-style atmosphere for children with developmental disabilities 24 hours a day, seven days per week. The facility cares for those under 21 years of age, for up to two weeks at a time, offering unconditional support and attention for every unique child. More information about the organization can be found at its Web site.

Individual tickets to the event are $125, while $1,250 sponsors an entire table of 10. Those wishing to share a table with a coach or VIP guest can do so by upgrading their sponsorship level. To purchase tickets or tables, please e-mail Amy Maybon from FirstBank, a supporting sponsor of the event.

More information on the event can be found on the Colorado Coaches for Charity Web site, or by calling 877/35-COACH (352-6224).

Student-athlete graduation celebration Friday
The Colorado State University Department of Athletics is extremely proud of the accomplishments of this year's graduating senior class.

In celebration of those accomplishments, the department will be hosting a luncheon Friday to honor the student-athletes graduating in the class of 2009. The CSU community is invited to join in congratulating these successful men and women.

The luncheon will take place at the Hilton Fort Collins on Friday, from 11:30-1 p.m. It will cost $20 per person for a main course of Asiago chicken or lasagna.

RSVPs are needed by Tuesday for those interested in attending the event. Please call Deidra Church at 970/491-7285 to reserve a spot.

Outdoor track
After wrapping up the regular season by hosting the CSU Ram Open last weekend, the CSU track and field team now looks to continue its successful season at the Mountian West Conference championships. The meet runs from Wednesday until Saturday at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo.

The women’s team will be looking to defend the title, having won its first ever conference championship in CSU history last year.

Senior thrower Missy Faubus was one of the Rams’ standouts in the women’s title run, taking the discus competition, and this year she seems to be peaking at the right time, notching a personal best and nearly breaking a school record with a toss of 53 feet, 0.25 inches, last weekend.

Alex Godell, also a senior thrower, will be looking to take home his third consecutive title in the hammer throw.

CSU has already had 15 athletes reach regional-qualifying marks, and with the increased competition at the conference meet there could be several more.

Men's golf No. 6 seed at NCAA Regional
The Colorado State men’s golf team, which tied a school record with five tournament victories in 2008-09, will have a chance to continue its outstanding season Thursday, earning an at-large bid to compete in the NCAA regional tournament at the Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway, N.J.

The Rams enter the regional, hosted by Columbia University, as the No. 6 seed, the highest seed ever attained in the program’s 19-year history. The bid marks Colorado State's 13th appearance in the NCAA regional since 1996 and the ninth berth in 10 seasons under the guidance of Head Coach Jamie Bermel.

Colorado State will join 14 other teams and five individual golfers to compete for a place in the 2009 NCAA men's golf championships, slated for May 26-30 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, hosted by the University of Toledo.

Teams who place in the top five in each region, plus the low individual not on an advancing team, will earn a spot in the national tournament.

Senior Zen Brown and junior Dustin Morris, 2009 all-MWC selections, will each be playing in their third consecutive NCAA regional, along with juniors Bryce Hanstad and Riley Arp. Morris (T-18) was the Rams’ top finisher in 2006-07, while Arp paced the Rams in a tie for 58th last season.

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