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Sports / Recreation

Rams complete second tier of community service initiative

August 10, 2010

Two down, one to go as 100 percent of CSU football players involved in giving back.

Receivers Matt Yemm, Michael Liss, Marquise Law and Tyson Liggett pose with Linton Elementary students while at an outreach event this past summer. Courtesy Sue Harbour

Encouraging players to give back

Colorado State's football team is believed to be one of the only, if not the only, program in the nation that involves 100 percent of its players in community service.

And not just once during the year.

Every calendar year, every player on the CSU roster will make at least three appearances in the community, including the latest round, completed by the Rams over the summer prior to the beginning of fall practice Aug. 5.

Round 1 of the Rams' community initiative was back in the spring of this year.
 
Round 3 will take place during the team's bye week but because CSU doesn't have a bye week in 2010, the Rams will schedule their third community appearances after the regular season.

"I want our players to think about something other than themselves on a daily basis," said Head Coach Steve Fairchild, whose team likely devotes collectively the most community-service hours in the nation every year. "We're installing a giving-back mentality. I want our players realize how fortunate they are."

In 2010, the second round of community service focused on schools. The third round will focus on hospitals and those needing medical assistance. Leaders in every position group on the roster are responsible for making sure their teammates at that position are accountable in making each appearance.

The Rams' made appearances at the following four Fort Collins schools where they worked with kids over the summer:
 

  • Bacon Elementary where linebackers, tight ends and fullbacks read with struggling kids in Grades K-5.
  • Lincoln Middle School where the quarterbacks and running backs helped with organized sports at a summer camp for low-income students.
  • Tavelli Elementary where defensive backs, defensive line and specialists read with students reading below grade level, during summer school.
  • Linton Elementary where wide receivers and offensive linemen worked staffed a clubhouse in the Harmony Trailer Park, frequented by kids who attend nearby Linton and engaged in activities to encourage the kids to stay involved during the summer. The clubhouse project is a partnership between Linton, the Food Bank of Larimer County, Fort Collins Recreation and The Vineyard church.