PUEBLO, Colo. (July 27, 2018) - More than 450 donors, friends and members of the Pueblo community joined Colorado State University-Pueblo Athletics at the 14th annual summer fest, The Pride of the Pack, and raised more than $55,000 for CSU-Pueblo student-athlete scholarships.
ThunderWolves Athletics introduced new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Dr. Paul Plinske, to Pack Nation, as he addressed the crowd on his 67th day on the job. Dr. Plinske highlighted the department's newly developed mission and strategic plan.
CSU-Pueblo Athletics is grateful for the title sponsor of the event, Friends of Football, who have been instramental in the growth of the department.
"The Pride of the Pack dinner was the continuation of something special happening here in Pueblo," Plinske said. "With more than 450 valued alumni, donors and friends gathered in one location, I couldn't help but be impressed with the energy and support for ThunderWolves Athletics."
"Our athletic department raises more than one million dollars a year and the Pride of the Pack is an important piece of our efforts," said Associate Athletic Director for Development Racheal Morris. "It is exciting to gather so many of our supporters in one room to kickoff our 2018-19 athletic season and we can't thank them enough for their loyal support. We will continue our efforts as we move into fall with our Pack Club membership drive, which is the cornerstone of our department."
CSU-Pueblo President Dr. Timothy Mottet spoke about the importance of the donor's involvment in the success of the Athletics department. Finally, football student-athlete Deyon Sizer (Sr., Aurora, Colo.) told his story and how his scholarship has given him an opportunity to succeed while in college and beyond.
Student-athletes were involved with the event as raffle ticket sellers and servers for the family style BBQ meal.
"Our coaches, staff and student-athletes are inspired by the Pueblo community," Plinske said. "We look forward to being valuable contributors while attaining excellence in the classroom and elevating Pack Athletics to heights never seen before in the competitive arena. Personally, I am looking forward to many future interactions with our community. The future is very bright at CSU-Pueblo and Pack Athletics is ready to be a shining star in this awesome city."
The event also featured an entertaining "heads or tails" game, a silent auction and multiple raffles. Miller and Pepsi products were served.
The giving doesn't need to stop at this one event. Pack supporters can continue their support by joining the Pack Club, CSU-Pueblo Athletics' booster club or the ThunderGals, a booster club for women. For more information, contact Morris at email@example.com or (719) 549-2013.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.