PUEBLO, Colo. (August 3, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo Athletics is proud to announce a new partnership with YMCA of Pueblo. This partnership is centered around the re-launch of the Junior ThunderWolves Program. Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Dr. Paul Plinske, inked the deal as one of his first community initiatives since taking the reins of Pack Athletics in May.
"Pack Athletics is honored to announce its partnership with the YMCA Pueblo," Plinske said. "CSU-Pueblo coaches, staff and student-athletes will enthusiastically embrace every opportunity to enrich the lives of our local youth through this new relationship. The YMCA is a fantastic family-centered organization that makes a dramatic impact in the Pueblo community. We are so grateful for this opportunity to make a difference."
The parties will create an exclusive program for YMCA youth aged 3-13 years of age and currently participating in YMCA Youth Leagues. The program will allow local youth to participate in YMCA Youth leagues while gaining experience and exposure to CSU-Pueblo.
"The YMCA of Pueblo is excited to partner with Pack Athletics to better serve our community," said YMCA President/CEO Janelle Andrews. "The knowledge and expertise of CSU-Pueblo's coaches, staff and athletes will only enhance the work we do at the Y to ensure every child in Pueblo reaches their full potential. It is through like-minded partnerships like this that Pueblo will grow stronger together."
As part of this program, youth participants will come to campus and participate in various events related to their specific sport at ThunderWolves athletic events. CSU-Pueblo will send coaches and student-athletes to the YMCA in Pueblo to conduct sports clinics and programming.
"CSU-Pueblo Athletics is excited to re-introduce the Junior ThunderWolves program in partnership with YMCA of Pueblo," said Director of Marketing for Athletics, Haley Sue Robinson. "This is a great way to connect the younger generation of athletes in our community to our student-athletes here on campus. We're excited to welcome the YMCA to campus for our athletic events and support the Junior ThunderWolves with their own competitions, as well with camps, clinics, and mentorship."
The University mascot (Wolfie) and student-athletes will be on-hand at various YMCA events to encourage and support youth in their sports. The program will allow for co-branding between the parties, opportunity to share resources about each party and will provide a positive experience for local youth.
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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.