March 13, 2013
by Clayton Coulter
CSU Athletics Media Relations
A group of football student-athletes from Colorado State recently visited the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Collins to spend some time with the kids at the club and share a positive message. Each year CSU student-athletes across all sport programs contribute their time to a number of local organizations, as a way of saying thank you to the community that supports them throughout their time as Rams.
The relationships that are formed through such visits often extend beyond one's time on campus, and leave a legacy of giving that resonates with all involved. This visit focused on the kids, and the importance of bringing joy to the children who live in the Fort Collins community.
This recent visit included four members of the CSU football program: Freshman linebacker Kevin Davis, sophomore linebacker Max Morgan, freshman running back Tommey Morris and freshman wide receiver Jordan White.
The players did not visit these children to give them a speech, or to better their resume. They went to bring some fun to the kids, to answer any and all questions asked, but most importantly to lead by example. This is an example that can be followed not just by other student-athletes, but any student at CSU. The student-athletes wanted to represent CSU and their program in a way that everyone can appreciate, by giving of themselves and volunteering their time.
There were several activities in which the students took part to interact with the children. From pool to ping-pong, fooseball and dodge ball, the two groups broke the ice and got to know each other through the competition. Laughter was everywhere, along with smiles and faces full of happiness. The children weren't even distracted, as they had fun posing for the camera with the football players, and asked numerous questions. The student-athletes had just as much fun, content with the fact that they are able to do something nice for the kids, while participating in a variety games that they may not have played in some time.
The athletes were at the Boys and Girls Club for about an hour and a half, from 2-3:30 pm. The time passed quickly, just because of how much fun everyone was having. In fact, the club's director told the student-athletes that she would like the football players to come back on a consistent basis to join in their activities, based on the enthusiasm she saw from the student-athletes and the delight of the kids to have such impactful mentors. It is an important facet of the experience of student-athletes' experience at Colorado State, to use the platform they have to make a positive impression on others.
This was just one example of how the Rams' football program, and all of Colorado State's athletics programs, involve themselves in the Northern Colorado community. The goal is to open doors to generate consistent support for a variety of programs that make such an impact on the children of our community, with whom many of the student-athletes can relate.
In addition to a great deal of privilege, many demands are placed on student-athletes to fulfill the responsibilities of being a Division I athlete. Visits like the one made to the Boys and Girls Club help give student-athletes a broader perspective and enhance their experience beyond the campus.