Tigers recognized at banquet, receive $500 grant

The Centennial Tigers were recognized Sunday, January 27, at the Colorado Women’s Sports Fund Association (CWSFA) grant banquet in Fort Collins and received a $500 grant check from the organization for their dedication to growing women’s participation in Colorado sports.

Tigers President Sara Rohner, Vice President Jennifer Elliott, Secretary Amanda Newell, Treasurer Carolyn Poulos, and Member-at-Large Kim Dickey attended the banquet.

During the course of the event, the CWSFA donated a total of nearly $20,000 to 23 individual recipients and 14 organizations who are located all over the state of Colorado.

“We are bound by the love of athletics and sport,” said CWSFA board member and emcee Linda Witt. “We [CWSFA] are dedicated to giving back to women in sport.”

In addition, former Olympian Jillion Potter participated in a Q&A session, discussing the importance of sport in women’s lives as well as how many talented women and girls fell through the premiere levels of rugby simply for being unable to afford equipment and travel expenses. “In the early days, elite rugby was a pay-to-play environment,” Potter mentioned. “It is so amazing to see this charity being able to help ease the costs of playing sports for girls and women.”

Like many others in attendance, the Tigers will use the grant money toward various expenses, such as equipment and helping subsidize players’ travel costs.

“The CWSFA put on an amazing event that we were so honored to attend; we’re very thankful to receive this grant,” said Rohner. “The Centennial Tigers and the CWSFA have a very similar vision regarding getting women involved in sport. Athletics do so much for women, including building self confidence, staying physically fit, and building lifelong relationships.”

To close the event, the CWSFA made an exciting announcement. Starting this year, the organization will be known as The F.A.N. (The Female Athletic Network), thus expanding their reach with helping women in sport.

Triple Crown Sports, established in by Dave King 1982 in Fort Collins, Colo., is the leading partner with The F.A.N. The majority of Triple Crown Sports’ events focus on women in sport. They have donated $158,000 over the years to girls as young as six and women as old as 68.

The F.A.N./CWSFA is dedicated to creating opportunities for girls and women to participate in sports, and encouraging and supporting their lifetime appreciation of and participation in athletics.

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