May 12, 2010 10:05 PM

CU Athletic Department revives state tour

BOULDER-The University of Colorado athletic department will embark on a state tour next week, reviving the tradition for the first time in over a decade. From May 17-21, CU coaches, staff and select student-athletes will hit the road and visit various cities and towns throughout the state.

CU head football coach Dan Hawkins did participate in a "Hawk Talk Tour" where he visited cities around the state in 2008, but this is the first department-wide tour since 1999. Hawkins will also participate at all tour stops in 2010 and will be joined by athletic director Mike Bohn, CU's two new basketball coaches Tad Boyle and Linda Lappe and volleyball coach Liz Kritza on all stops. Most of CU's other head coaches will accompany the convoy at least one day. Select student-athletes and other key department personnel will also join the tour.

"We look forward to having the opportunity to visit many of the outstanding communities of our great state," Bohn said. "We have successfully held productive town hall meetings in and around Boulder and Denver, but we recognize we are fortunate to have stakeholders who support the flagship institution throughout the state and we want to personally visit them to express our gratitude for their support and share the bright future of Buff athletics and the university. We are excited to expand our outreach efforts throughout the summer and visit even more Colorado communities"

The tour will begin Monday and kick off in Erie at the Colorado National Golf Course for breakfast at 8 a.m. before heading south. Lunch will take place in Colorado Springs at Champps Sports Bar at noon before continuing on to Pueblo for a happy hour at the Walking Stick Golf Course at 5 p.m.

On Wednesday, the caravan will convene in Edwards for a lunch at E Town at noon. After a few stops in the Vail area, a happy hour at the Dillon Dam Brewery will conclude the day at 5 p.m.

On Thursday the Buffs will head northeast for a lunch in Fort Morgan at the Country Steak Out at noon before heading to Greeley for a happy hour reception at the Greeley Country Club at 5 p.m.

Friday will begin with a breakfast in Loveland at the Davidson-Gebhardt car dealership at 9 a.m. before heading to Longmont for lunch at Old Chicago at 11:30 a.m.. After a few private stops, the tour will conclude in Broomfield for a happy hour reception at the Omni Interlocken hotel at 5 p.m.

Public can RSVP for each day's events and find more information online at

Monday, May 17
Time What Where
8:00 a.m. Breakfast Erie - Colorado National Golf Course (2700 Vista Pkwy.)
Noon Lunch Colorado Springs - Champps Sports Bar (1765 Briargate Pkwy.)
5:00 p.m. Happy Hour Pueblo - Walking Stick Golf Course (4301 Walking Stick Blvd.)

Wednesday, May 19
Noon Lunch Edwards - E Town (295 Main St.)
5:00 p.m. Happy Hour Dillon - Dillon Dam Brewery Restaurant (100 Little Dam St.)

Thursday, May 20
Noon Lunch Fort Morgan - The Country Steak Out (19592 East 8th Ave.)
5:00 p.m. Happy Hour Greeley - Greeley Country Club (4500 10th St.)

Friday, May 21
9:00 a.m. Breakfast Loveland - Davidson-Gebhardt Car Dealership (3880 Test Cir.)
11:30 a.m. Lunch Longmont - Old Chicago (1805 Industrial Cir.)
5:00 p.m. Happy Hour Broomfield - Omni Interlocken Hotel (500 Interlocken Blvd.)





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