Proceeds from sales to benefit S.A.V.E.
DENVER – One of the most recognized brands in the home improvement market –Champion Windows, Sun Rooms and Home Exteriors – has signed on as a sponsor of University of Denver Athletics and Recreation. The agreement brokered via Denver Sports Properties is the first between Champion and the University, and creates a partnership that will expose the Champion brand to Pioneer fans through various in-game promotional efforts. Champion also will have booths at various DU hockey, basketball and lacrosse games throughout the 2012-13 season.
“I’m very excited about the newly-formed partnership with the University of Denver. The University, its alumni and fans are great stewards of the city it calls home,” said Denver Champion Division Manager Paul Bonow. “I’m also thrilled to introduce our Champions of Hope program through the University and even more excited about the difference the program can make for the young athletes in and around Denver.”
The new partnership enables University of Denver alumni and friends to take part in Champions of Hope, which commits a percentage of purchases by supporters back to a DU community program. When customers schedule an appointment and inquire about the Champions of Hope initiative, contributions up to $200 will be donated to the University’s S.A.V.E. (Sports, Arts, Volunteerism and Education) program.
“We are proud to add Champion Windows, Sun Rooms and Home Exteriors to our list of great corporate sponsors,” said Peg Bradley-Doppes, DU’s Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations. “This partnership is made even more special because of its ability to include our great fans in support of a wonderful initiative that helps children in need. We hope the amount of dollars raised for S.A.V.E. will substantially increase the number of children the scholarship is able to support.”
The S.A.V.E. scholarship program provides sports opportunities to underprivileged and at-risk youth of Denver while placing an emphasis on the importance of education and community service. The goal of S.A.V.E. is to introduce disadvantaged youth to activities that would otherwise not be available to them or their families.
In 1996, the University of Denver’s Department of Recreation, the McCormack Foundation, Founders Assets Management, Inc., and the Colorado Avalanche teamed up to create the S.A.V.E. program. For each save made by an Avalanche goalie, $1 was donated to S.A.V.E. The McCormack Foundation matched every dollar donated by the Avalanche, which resulted in approximately $20,000 in scholarship funds.
Ice hockey and roller hockey were the first two sports to be introduced into the S.A.V.E. program. In 1998, figure skating and gymnastics were added, followed by the addition of swimming, tennis and martial arts in 1999. Today, S.A.V.E. scholarship funds are available for all DU recreation youth programs, both competitive and recreational.