Colorado earns sportsmanship award

A tip of the cap to Colorado and its student-athletes, who were honored with the 2013-14 Pac-12 Sportsmanship Award for their humanitarian efforts during the flooding in Boulder last fall.

“I can’t express enough how proud I am of our student-athletes and their well-deserved award,” Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said in a statement. “Many of them sustained flood damage to their homes and lost their possessions. Yet amid their own distress, they stepped up for the community. Their generous acts brought feelings of solace to our community’s first responders and displaced residents."

The damage to Bolder exceeded more than $150 million and more than 300 homes were destroyed. Colorado rescheduled all sporting events for the weekend of Sept. 14-15, including the Buffs' game against Fresno State. Instead, Colorado athletes spent the weekend helping displaced students and families. Every Colorado sport also had athletes displaced.

Charleston Southern filled in on Oct. 19 as Colorado’s replacement game, and student-athletes used that as an opportunity to help raise money for the recovery fund.

“The way our student-athletes, coaches and staff responded during that difficult time was most rewarding to witness personally,” CU Athletic Director Rick George said. “I had only been on campus a month and it really gave me a look at all the wonderful people we have in our program. They put aside their own concerns at the time to help out others in the community in numerous ways.”