Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pride in the Herd

There has not been a time in the now-more-than-quarter century since I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder that I have not been proud to be a CU Buff.  I am keenly aware of the fact that for the better part of the past decade the once-proud football team has fluctuated between abysmal and bad.  My Alma mater's lack of success on the gridiron has not impacted my love of the institution at all - not even a little bit.  Irrespective of the results on the field, the uniforms remain filled by young people giving their best effort while representing themselves, their families and their university.  That, in and of itself, is enough to earn my admiration.  Besides, our men's cross-country team and our ski team can kick the snot out of yours!  

While I am proud, every day, to be a Buff there are in fact days on which I am really, really proud to be one.  Earlier this week, Buffs4Life, a not-for-profit organization founded by former CU student-athletes for the purpose of providing support, financial and otherwise, to other CU student-athletes (former and present), coaches, and their families in a time of crisis, announced that effective this year, its annual Fun Run shall be known as the Kyle MacIntosh Memorial Fun Run.  The event, which shall be held this year on Father's Day, June 21, 2015, shall forever more carry the name of one tenaciously tough young Buff, Kyle MacIntosh, who earlier this year lost his battle to Ewing's Sarcoma.  

All of the proceeds from this year's Fun Run shall go towards helping the MacIntosh family.  Kyle's dad, Bill MacIntosh, shall serve as the Fun Run's starter, which hopefully will help - at least a little bit - soften the blow of spending this first Father's Day without his son.

Shoulder to Shoulder.  It is more than just a line in a fight song.  It is a creed.  It is a choice.  

It is what it means to be a Buff.  


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