CSU student-athletes lead the way in Cans Around the Oval

Justin Michael

Members of the Colorado State community opened their hearts, and more specifically their cabinets, collecting a record-breaking total of 345,514 pounds of canned food during the annual Cans Around the Oval food drive, which benefits the Food Bank for Larimer County. 

Colorado State University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) collected the greatest total of any student organization, taking in 11,953 pounds. The donation translates to 500.74 pounds of food and $2,290.46 in cash donations, which equates to 11,452 pounds.


The women’s volleyball team led the way in the battle against hunger, collecting $604, equating to 3,022 pounds of food, at their “Spike Hunger” match Oct. 13 against Wyoming.

The women’s tennis team collected $219, along with the combined total of $381 raised by the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country teams.

Every CSU athletic program participated in the Cans Around the Oval event, and had representatives at the “Spike Hunger” match.

“I am very proud of all our efforts in raising money, pounds of food and awareness about hunger in Larimer County,” CSU SAAC President Jaelyn Manzanares said in a release from CSU Athletics. Both the Spike Hunger event and our team competitions were a huge success, driven by our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. None of what we accomplished would have been possible without their dedication and determination towards benefiting the Cans Around the Oval cause and Food Bank for Larimer County.”

SAAC will receive a first-place plaque from the Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLiCE) organization in recognition of their efforts.

Collegian Sports Reporter Justin Michael can be reached by email at sports@collegian.com and on Twitter @JustinSportsCSU.