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Friday, September 5, 2008
GOV. RITTER ISSUES PROCLAMATION MARKING RETURN OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL TO CSU-PUEBLO
GOV. RITTER ISSUES PROCLAMATION IN HONOR OF
RETURN OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL TO CSU-PUEBLO
Gov.Bill Rittertoday issued a proclamation heralding Saturday's return of college football to Colorado State University-Pueblo after a 24-year hiatus.
The Division II CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves hostOklahomaPanhandleStateUniversityat the home opener in the new Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl at 7 p.m. Saturday.
"This is a proud day not just for CSU-Pueblo and southernColorado– but for all ofColorado," Gov. Ritter said. "Through the hard work of countless individuals and organizations, this long-held dream is now a reality. It is my privilege to proclaim Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, in honor of this significant accomplishment."
The complete text of the Governor's proclamation:
RETURN OF COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY-PUEBLO
WHEREAS, Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo) is celebrating its 75thanniversary as an institution of higher education, an establishment that has served southern Colorado with distinction throughout its history; and
WHEREAS, CSU-Pueblo has a strong and celebrated athletics past, beginning as Pueblo Junior College, Southern Colorado State College, and the University of Southern Colorado, and after a 24-year hiatus, is bringing back collegiate football to Pueblo to continue that proud tradition; and
WHEREAS, in May 2007, the Colorado State University System Board of Governors unanimously approved the expansion of the CSU-Pueblo athletics program, bringing the number of men's and women's intercollegiate sports offered by the University to 15, and incorporating the new sports programs into the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC); and
WHEREAS, members of the Pueblo community, including the Friends of Football organization, have donated time, energy, and funds to the rebirth of football at CSU-Pueblo, including $12 million contributed to the construction of the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunder Bowl – the new home of the ThunderWolves and one of the finest Division II athletic facilities in the nation; and
WHEREAS, through the partnership of University officials and community representatives, the ThunderWolves program has recruited more than 100 players and an elite coaching staff; and
WHEREAS, the State of Colorado honors the return of football to the CSU-Pueblo campus, and thanks the University and community members for facilitating this dream for the players, coaches, and fans devoted to the program;
Therefore, I,Bill Ritter, Jr., Governor of the State ofColorado, do hereby proclaim September 6, 2008, in honor of the return of Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves football in the State ofColorado.
GIVEN under my hand and the Executive Seal of the State ofColorado, this fifth day of September, 2008.