Homecoming & Family Weekend events kick off Thursday

Several events will coincide with this weekend's Homecoming & Family Weekend, including the football and volleyball matches, Cans Around the Oval and a tribute to Greg Myers.

Several events will coincide with this weekend's Homecoming & Family Weekend, including the football and volleyball matches, Cans Around the Oval and a tribute to Greg Myers.

Oct. 3, 2012

HOMECOMING & FAMILY WEEKEND FESTIVITIES
CSU’s football game
against Fresno State (5 p.m. MT) runs in conjunction with the University’s Homecoming & Family Weekend, which begins Thursday and runs through Sunday. This year’s Homecoming celebration will highlight events such as the Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet, Reunion on the Oval, a Mystery of CSU History tour, the parade—led by former CSU jumper and Olympic bronze medalist Janay DeLoach, pep rally, bonfire, the Lory Student Center’s 50th anniversary celebration, volleyball match against Wyoming, annual Homecoming 5K Race and the CSU football game against Fresno State. A guide for the weekend, with a full listing of events, can be found here.

GREG MYERS TO BE HONORED
In recognition of his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, former Rams All-America safety Greg Myers will be introduced on the field at halftime of Saturday’s football game, along with his family. Dr. Myers, now an anesthesiologist at Denver Health Medical Center, is one of 14 players and three coaches to be honored Dec. 4 at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, N.Y. He becomes the third individual in the history of Colorado State's football program to earn enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, joining consensus All-American Thurman "Fum" McGraw and former head coach Earle Bruce.

Myers won the Thorpe Award in 1995, as the best defensive back in college football. He helped lead Colorado State to back-to-back conference championships in 1994 and `95, and was the first player in Western Athletic Conference history to earn first-team all-league honors in four consecutive years (1992-95). Including special teams for his punt-return prowess, Myers received seven all-conference awards.

Myers was inducted into the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. He played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys in his five-year NFL career.

CANS AROUND THE OVAL COLLECTION
CSU’s department of athletics will again be playing a role in the University’s long-standing tradition, Cans Around the Oval. Fans, too, are encouraged to participate by bringing non-perishable canned food items to Saturday’s game. Coaches’ wives will be at Ram Town from 3-4 p.m. to meet with fans and collect canned food items and monetary donations.

Cans Around the Oval is an annual tradition in which students, faculty and staff partner with community members, local media and area businesses to raise awareness about the facts surrounding the issue of hunger, as well as raise food and monetary donations. This event is Larimer County's largest single-day food drive. Last year, the event collected 60,300 pounds of food and $34,000 in donations. This year’s goal is to collect 65,000 pounds of food and $40,000 for the Food Bank of Larimer County.

The event, which began in 1987, will take place on Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but donations are already being collected. On collection day, the canned food is weighed and arranged to line the Oval, providing a visual representation of the invaluable generosity of the communities involved.

VOLLEYBALL VS. WYOMING, RAM LEGENDS WEEKEND

After the Homecoming parade, pep rally and bonfire on Friday evening, there will be a ‘March to Moby’ for the Rams’ volleyball match against their rivals from the north, the Wyoming Cowgirls. The Rams are in the hunt for their fourth straight Mountain West title and 18th consecutive NCAA tournament.

In between sets 2 and 3, more than 30 former volleyball student-athletes will be honored on the court as part of this year’s Ram Legends Alumni Weekend.

TICKETS FOR FOOTBALL, VOLLEYBALL

Tickets for both Friday’s volleyball match vs. Wyoming and Saturday’s homecoming football game vs. Fresno State can be purchased online. Tickets can also be obtained over the phone at 1-800-491-RAMS, in person at the McGraw Athletic Center or at local King Soopers and City Market locations.

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