Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-05-07 21:04:57 –
Pueblo, Colorado — the greatest gift in university history. This month, the non-profit Friends of Football resolved to donate the Thunder Bowl Soccer Stadium and other assets on the CSU Pueblo Campus to the University Foundation.
The charity has raised more than $ 13 million to build a facility and help create a football, wrestling, and women’s athletics program at college starting the 2008-2009 season.
“I am grateful to the DeRose family, the Friends of Football for bringing new life to our university and campus,” said University President Dr. Timothy Mottet.
It’s a bittersweet transition. The Friends group also voted to dissolve the organization after the transition was completed in August this year. That means the campus will lose many years of college athletics boosters.
The CSU Pueblo Foundation needs to adopt a mantelpiece to support future athletics programs.
Todd Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CSU Pueblo Foundation, said: “I can’t thank them enough, nor can I thank them enough for trusting the Foundation with these assets.”
Gift news publicly reveals the gap between Friends and President Mott. The DeRose family has asked them to remove their name from the stadium.
Dan Derose said Friends has felt that the university has been heading in the opposite direction of his group’s values, beliefs and priorities for quite some time.
Mott said it was difficult to hear.
“Yes, and I’m disappointed with it, but I want to learn more from them about where they are unhappy,” Dr. Mott said.
He believes that the Colorado State University system’s recent decision to require all students and staff to be fully vaccinated with COVID-19 before returning to campus in the fall played a role in the division.
“I think they were dissatisfied with the decision, so I think it was probably the driving force behind this decision,” he said.
Mott supports the obligation of vaccines because of the need to protect the health and safety of the campus. He said two college students and one student died from the virus during the pandemic. He sees the need for vaccines as the best approach to returning campus life to normal.
Vaccine obligations could be extended to football fans participating in the match in the fall.
Mr Derose said the mission was only part of the story, but said the disagreement the group had with Cheong Wa Dae was “a great example.”
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