These are great times for Spartans everywhere, aren't they? While the go greens have always been followed by friendly go whites, there seems to be just a tad bit more spirit in those exchanges these days. Any why shouldn't they? We have so much to be proud of! It's not just the success of our sports teams. And not just because we have the best president, faculty, students, alumni, AD and coaches in the land. I think it's more to do with the pride and integrity in how Spartans pursue and accomplish great things wherever we are and in whatever we do. It's no different with our amazing Spartan family out here in Colorado. We're excited you're here!! Read on for more info...
B1G Alumni Picnic at Wash Park
This year's B1G Alumni picnic will be held at Washington Park on May 30th from 11am to 4pm. It will be held at Picnic Site #4 in the Gazebo area near Kentucky and Franklin. As you'd expect, the Big Ten has reserved the best spot in Denver for a day of food, games and hanging out! The alumni groups will supply many of the activities including volleyball, Corn Hole and Bocce ball. Feel free to bring your own as well! Cost is $5 per person, kids are free. The alumni groups will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and water. Please bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. Feel free to bring other beverages of choice (NO GLASS IS ALLOWED).
Green & White Evening in Denver
Our next Green & White event will be held on the evening of June 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 at the newly updated Union Station! This session will feature Amy Bonomi, the chair of MSU’s Human Development and Family Studies, where she will discuss her research on whether popular culture normalizes violence against women.
Our last Green & White Evening on March 25th featured featured R. James Kirkpatrick, dean of the College of Natural Science, and some extraordinary undergraduate students. The students from various majors and concentrations talked about what it’s like to be a student today and how they are preparing to solve the world’s most challenging problems. It was an impressive event, and everyone had a great time! check out our facebook page for pictures from the event.
Spartan Helping Hands: Habitat for Humanity
On Saturday, June 13th, we have reserved 10 slots for helping construction at the Sable Ridge #7 Build Site at 4301 N Fraser Way (near I-70 and Chambers) from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. This event will not be hosted by a Board member, but those of you familiar with Habitat builds understand the process. If Habitat has interested you but haven't done one yet, what a great way help out on one, no experience required! You must register ahead of time, so email me for details on how to sign up as part of our group. These slots are only available until Wed Jun 4 and then they are opened back up to the public. Click HERE for more details on the Metro Denver Habitat organization.
Spartan Helping Hands: Project Angel Heart
On Saturday, June 27th, from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM, we will be volunteering to help with this amazing organization that provides nutritious meals, at no charge, to those dealing with life-threatening illnesses. You will need to use your own transportation and teams of at least two need to work together. This will be hosted by a Board member, more details to follow. Click HERE for more details on Project Angel Heart.
Spartan Helping Hands: Relay for Life
The Colorado Spartans will once again be fielding a team to participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event on July 18th. This event will be held at All City Stadium at Denver South High School (adjacent to Wash Park) from 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Click HERE for our teams homes page, and for more info.
B1G Charity Social in LoDo
This year's B1G Charity Social will be held on July 18th, starting at 11:30am. We will share more details when available, but this is always a great way to socialize with other young B1G alumni while supporting a great cause.
Spartan Helping Hands: The Action Center
On August 15th, we will put our group to work with the School Supply Distribution program. This great program typically provide supplies to 5,000 Jeffco kids, Pre-K through HS over the final weeks before school starts. We are scheduled from 9:00 AM -12:30 PM. Click HERE for more details on The Action Center. To get involved, please send an email to Jerry.
In case you're new to Denver, you should know that we meet up at the Blake St Tavern to watch all of our games with fellow Spartan fans and alumni. We have pretty large groups for every single football game, the bigger basketball games, and other planned and unplanned social activities. Regardless of the size of the group, our game watches are a great chance to get to know other Spartans in the area, while soaking in the greatness of our sports teams. For each football game and a few of the larger basketball games, we set up a booth where we sell and raffle away our "Colorado Spartans" gear that has become a hit with Spartans from all over the country. We have short and long sleeve T shirts, sweatshirts, 1/2 zip jackets, bumper stickers, pint glasses, frisbees, and other goodies. The proceeds from our sales help fund Colorado students go to MSU through our club scholarship. These are great ways to get to know other alumni out here in Colorado while giving back to the school that we love.
The Blake Street Tavern is located at 2301 Blake Street, Downtown Denver - www.blakestreettavern.com
Event recap: Nuggets v Warriors game
On Friday, March 13th, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors came to town to take on Gary Harris and our Denver Nuggets, and our Nuggets won! Please see our facebook page for pictures we took during the meet and greet with Gary Harris. As a side note, both the Nuggets and the Spartans won that night - a Colorado Spartans win-win!
Event recap: Global Day of Service - Powered by Spartans
On Saturday, April 18th, Spartans around the world got together to make a difference in all of our local communities around the world. It's always an ambitious and fulfilling event, and this year was no different as we had 2 successful volunteer projects here in Denver. The 9 NEWS HEALTH FAIR and DENVER DIGS TREES. Everyone that participated had an excellent time making our great city even better. See our facebook page for pictures and details from these events. Great day. Great friends. Great program.