Colorado Buffaloes football received their largest endowment in the program’s 129-year history on Saturday night.
A generous “confidential” donation from philanthropist Kelli Brooks was given to athletic director Rick George, enriching the needs of CU’s student-athletes. It was cause for celebration by George and others who’ve been drumming up support for new head coach Mel Tucker.
“I’ve loved the CU football program my entire life and I’m thankful to be able to support football scholarships,” Brooks said. “My passion for making a difference in the lives of student-athletes runs deep and I’m honored to officially have an impact.”
Brooks, a long-time west coast attorney, currently works as a partner in the forensic practice for KPMG— one of the “big four” auditing firms, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She also serves as a board member for the Constitutional Rights Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America’s young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society.
Tucker and George, along with CU chancellor Phil Distefano spent a majority of last week touring Colorado’s western slope with stops in Vail, Carbondale, Grand Junction and Durango. They’ll wrap up the “chancellor’s state tour” alongside basketball coaches Tad Boyle and JR Payne in Pueblo and Colorado Springs on June 18-19.