The Colorado athletic department has received one of the largest single donations in its history.

CU announced Thursday a $3.1 million gift from Gordy and Dona Crawford and their family. The Crawfords gave the gift to support CU's sports nutrition program and the sustainable excellence initiative.

Longtime Buffs, the Crawford's support of the program extends to their late son, Brett, who attended CU from 1990-93; their son, Jeff, who is a 1990 CU graduate, and his wife, Orsi, and children, Jack and CJ.

"The Crawford family has been a proud CU family for many years and has always been generous to our mission," athletic director Rick George said in a press release. "With this gift, they are permanently changing how our student-athletes view nutrition and its impact on performance. Their gift will give our student-athletes access to cutting-edge programs to maximize their ability."

This is believed to be one of the five largest single donations to CU athletics.

"We hope this gift will inspire others to give to the university, so that Colorado's student-athletes can compete at the very highest level in collegiate sports," Jeff Crawford said.

The donation by the Crawford family will go to create a hands-on teaching kitchen, add to the fueling stations and provide additional supplement and snack offerings for the student-athletes. It will also go to support analysis of sports nutrition and allow CU to better identify nutritional needs of the athletes.


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"Performance starts with food," Laura Anderson, associate athletic director for performance nutrition, said. "That's the motto of the Performance Nutrition Department. We strive to implement and provide nutrition interventions that will contribute to our athletes' health and success. The Crawfords' gift provides tremendous support for this mission."

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