Oct. 8, 2013
After moving up four spots in the AVCA Coaches Division I Top 25 Poll on Monday, the 13th-ranked Colorado State volleyball team returns to Moby Arena for two key conference matchups this week against Utah State and Boise State. In addition to the action on the court, several events and promotions will take place, and fans are encouraged to get involved:
Dig Pink for breast cancer awareness
Thursday’s match vs. Mountain West newcomer Utah State will be ‘Dig Pink’ night, as players raise awareness for breast cancer prevention by wearing pink jerseys and accessories. Several players have had family affected by breast cancer, including junior Kelsey Snider, whose mom is a survivor. Fans are encouraged to join the players in wearing pink to raise awareness and encourage persons to be proactive and get checked.
Cans Around the Oval
Also on Thursday, fans are asked to bring non-perishable canned food items to support Cans Around the Oval. Distribution bins will be located on the north concourse, and those who donate will receive a voucher for half-price admission to Saturday’s match.
Cans Around the Oval is a long-standing annual tradition in which CSU 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, it collected more than 52,000 pounds of food and $63,700 in donations.
The event, which began in 1987, will take place on Oct. 16, 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. For more information about Cans Around the Oval, click here.
Homecoming & Family Weekend Saturday
Saturday’s match vs. Boise State has been moved back a half-hour to 7:30 p.m. to accommodate staff transitions from football’s game vs. San José State (1:30 p.m. at Sonny Lubick Field and Hughes Stadium). Both contests will be part of the University’s Homecoming & Family Week festivities. Throughout the match, memorable moments from CSU volleyball’s storied history will be shown on the video board.
Rams Care: Day of Service
Initiated by senior volleyball player Michelle Smith, a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), CSU’s nearly 400 student-athletes will come together to fight homelessness in Northern Colorado this fall through “Rams Care: Day of Service.” Volunteers will be on hand at Saturday’s volleyball match to collect cash donations. Donations will also be collected at a football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball game later this fall.
After donations are collected, all student-athletes will come together on a specific day to assemble holiday gift baskets to be distributed through a local non-profit charity organization to homeless families. More information regarding the “Rams Care: Day of Service” can be found here.
Tickets for both matches can be purchased online, over the phone at 1-800-491-RAMS or at the McGraw Athletic Center ticket office. Students get in free with a student ID.
The Rams, ranked No. 13 nationally and one of three undefeated teams in the country (13-0, 4-0 MW), look to remain undefeated and extend their home winning streak, which currently sits at 14 matches, tied for the sixth-longest in program history. CSU ranks eighth nationally in attendance this season, averaging 2,927 fans per match.