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Head coach, wife make 10-cent donation to Cans Around the Oval for every fan in stands against TCU

September 27, 2010

Fans at this week's Colorado State football game have an opportunity to give back, just by attending the game, thanks to Steve and Nancy Fairchild.

Personal donation to match fans in stands

Head Football Coach Steve Fairchild and his wife, Nancy, will make a personal 10-cent donation to Cans Around the Oval for every fan at Hughes Stadium on Saturday.

For every fan at the stadium this week, the Rams’ head coach and his wife have pledged to make a personal 10-cent donation to CSU’s Cans Around the Oval campaign, which annually benefits Food Bank of Larimer County.

“This is a great opportunity for CSU students and community members to take part in a long-standing CSU tradition while helping to meet a very real need in the Larimer County community,” said Brett Rundle, program coordinator in the office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement. “Thousands of Larimer County residents rely on the food bank, and Cans Around the Oval gives everyone an opportunity to get involved and give back.”

Game noon Saturday

CSU meets No. 4-ranked TCU at noon Saturday at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. Tickets are available on or by calling 1-800/491-RAMS.

TCU will be the highest-ranked team ever to visit Hughes Stadium.

This year’s Cans Around the Oval event, at which the university challenges the community to surround the Oval, a campus landmark, with canned donations for the needy, is Oct. 20.

Donations accepted at Hughes

But fans don’t have to wait to make their donation. They can follow the Fairchilds’ lead on Saturday and bring either non-perishable canned food items, or make a cash donation. Representatives from Cans Around the Oval will be available at each gate Saturday to accept donations. Checks can be made payable to Food Bank of Larimer County.

Coaches’ wives also will be in Ram Town Saturday to accept canned food items and donations for the cause.

Volleyball, coaches' wives also part of campaign

Those that bring a minimum of three cans will receive a voucher good for a buy-one, get-one free offer at CSU’s volleyball match against TCU Oct. 14, when the athletic department is expected to unveil its new scoreboard at Moby Arena. Football coaches’ wives also will be on hand that night, at the volleyball match, to accept canned-food and cash donations for Cans Around the Oval.

Student-athletes winners at community service

As part of an ongoing commitment to community outreach, Colorado State’s athletics department, including student-athletes, annually donates countless hours and other contributions to helping those in need.
CSU’s football team is believed to be one of the only programs in the nation, if not the only program, that involves 100 percent of its players in community service three times each year.

Contact: Zak Gilbert
Phone: (970) 491-5067