Sept. 19, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo.— As preparations continue for the Colorado State football team’s matchup Saturday against No. 1-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa, thoughts of those affected by the recent floods in Colorado is never far from the minds of players and coaches.
Head Coach Jim McElwain announced today that his team will wear a helmet decal during Saturday’s nationally-televised game that symbolizes the floods with the state flag displayed within a raindrop, in recognition of flood victims as well as rescue and recovery personnel. Additionally, McElwain, his assistant coaches and support staff also will wear the decal on their clothing.
McElwain, in his second season at CSU, emphasizes that while Saturday’s game is important, it is not the most important thing on the minds of the citizens of the state of Colorado.
“This is no doubt a tremendous opportunity and a great challenge for our football program to play Alabama,” he said. “But at the same time, as The Colorado State University, it is not the most important thing we carry in our hearts. We have had thousands of people across our state affected by the recent floods. We are very thankful for everyone involved in rescue and recovery efforts now taking place to assist those people affected by the flooding. We want to be sure that every individual affected knows we carry them in our heart into this game. We are proud to be The Colorado State University and carry the flag with us.”
McElwain said he’s encouraging Ram fans to assist in any way possible toward the relief efforts, and Thursday made a personal contribution to the American Red Cross.
“It is important that we step forward and assist the victims and the responders in whatever manner possible. Members of our entire football program want those individuals to know we are thinking about and care about them.”
Saturday’s game kicks off at 5 p.m. MT, and will be televised on ESPN2.
HOW TO HELP: If you would like to help, please consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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