|Posted June 27, 2012|
Wildfire Cancels College Football Kickoff Luncheon
PUEBLO, Colo. - The College Football Kickoff Luncheon featuring CSU-Pueblo head football coach John Wristen, was cancelled today due to the Waldo Canyon wildfire. The event was scheduled to take place at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs.
Wristen, the Division II National Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly magazine, led the ThunderWolves to an 11-0 regular season record and a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship last season - the first outright conference title in CSU-Pueblo history - as well as a regular-season-ending ranking of #1 in the nation prior to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The ThuderWolves lost to defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth in the post-season opener in Pueblo, 24-21.
The 350 meals planned for the College Football Kickoff Luncheon guests will be donated to firefighters, displaced individuals and families in Colorado Springs impacted by the ongoing wildfire.
"We are cancelling today's college football kickoff lunch for many obvious reasons, because we are most concerned for our city, our community, the Air Force Academy family, the new fire in Boulder, the lingering one near Fort Collins, and our friends and neighbors who have been hard hit by this tragic fire," said Sports Corp President and CEO Tom Osborne.
The meals will be delivered to firefighters and evacuees in the city today on behalf of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, luncheon sponsors UMB Bank and the Denver Broncos, and the coaches from the schools that would have been part of today's program – Troy Calhoun (AFA), John Wristen (CSU-Pueblo), Rip Scherer (CU), Earnest Collins, Jr. (Northern Colorado) and Jim McElwain (CSU).