CU Spring Game A Springboard For Community Outreach, Fun-Filled Events On Saturday April 19

April 15, 2008

The University of Colorado at Boulder is planning a number of fun activities for fans and kids attending the annual CU Football Spring Game Saturday, April 19.

Chancellor G.P. "Bud" Peterson has issued an open invitation for parents to bring their children, 8th grade and under, to take part in a free, fun-filled "Healthy Kids Day" that will be loaded with food, events, contests on Folsom Field and an autograph session with Buff football players.

"We have always viewed CU football games as a way to reach out to larger communities that support the university and the Buffs," said Peterson. "We want to showcase our entire university and the resources it provides communities around Colorado and we welcome these wonderful visitors to CU-Boulder and hope that all of them one day join us on campus as students."

Students from several schools in Denver plan to participate in the day's events. Attending will be pre-college students from Wyatt-Edison Charter School, Bruce Randolph Middle School, West High School and Lincoln High School. CU-Boulder student ambassadors will greet the students when they arrive at the University Memorial Center at Broadway and Euclid to take them to Folsom Field.

"We want our pre-college students and their families to know that it's never too early to begin thinking about attending college," said Sallye McKee, vice chancellor for diversity, equity and community engagement. "We hope that their memories of this special day will remind them that CU-Boulder is a place of special opportunity for them, their friends and families."

"We're most appreciative of the campus commitment to bring so many constituent groups together for the enjoyment of college football and a chance to get a sneak preview of our Buff squad for 2008," athletic director Mike Bohn said. "College football's wide-ranging appeal to so many people is what makes it exciting, and this is one of many ways to get youths to visit the CU-Boulder campus."

The schedule of events follows:

• 10:30 a.m. -- Noon: Healthy Kids Day Skills and Fitness Stations.

Kids 8th grade and under will have a chance to meet their

favorite CU student-athletes and participate in fun-

sports skills stations on Folsom Field, courtesy of Qdoba

and Outback Steakhouse. The first 500 kids to complete

all required stations will receive a CU T-shirt and free

food.

• 11:00 a.m.: Autograph Session.

Meet and get autographs from football players and other

student-athletes on Folsom Field.

• 11:30 a.m. -- Pregame Party.

CU-Boulder Chancellor G.P. "Bud" Peterson, CU Athletics

and the CU Alumni Association in Boulder are hosting

the pregame party. The first 1,000 attendees will receive

a free hot dog, soda, chips and cookie. Gather with other

Buff supporters for entertainment, food, raffles, door

prizes, an autograph session with former Buffs and more

in Balch Fieldhouse.

• 1:00 p.m. Spring Game Kickoff.

Intrasquad scrimmage featuring the 2008 Colorado

Buffaloes football team in action. This also will be a

chance to see Ralphie V run for the first time. Ralphie IV

retired last year after leading the CU football team onto

the field for 10 seasons.

For more information about "Healthy Kids Day," the Spring Game or pregame party, please visit the Department of Athletics Web site at CUBuffs.com/springgame.

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