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Rockies CEO gives $500,000 to college

Emily Anderson
Grand Junction Correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION ” Rockies Chairman and CEO Charlie Monfort doesn’t plan to lose anything this week. Except $500,000.

Monfort will travel to Grand Junction Tuesday to give a half-million dollars to Mesa State College before flying to Boston to watch the Rockies take on the Red Sox in the first game of the World Series Wednesday.

Monfort’s donation will help finance a human performance laboratory in the to-be-renovated Saunders Fieldhouse. In return, the college will name the lab the Monfort Family Human Performance Lab.

The 2,800-square-foot lab will be the first of its kind in Mesa County. Mesa State students, faculty and community members will use the facility for wellness screenings, physiological and biomechanical performance testing, analysis and rehabilitation.

Athletes can use the lab to tape, analyze and compare their sports moves with those of professional athletes. Tests can include pitching baseballs, kicking soccer balls, shooting basketballs, hitting baseballs, golf balls or tennis balls, and running or sprinting around a 103-foot track.

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Monfort serves on the Mesa State Board of Trustees. It’s no coincidence the baseball mogul chose to give specifically to a project that will benefit the school’s athletes, according to Mesa State Spokeswoman Dana Nunn.

“He specifically wanted these funds to go toward the lab,” Nunn said. “Obviously, he has an interest in athletes.”

Monfort’s half-million dollar donation brings the school one step closer to funding the $32.3 million Saunders project. The project has received $1 million from Mesa County Valley School District 51 and the college is more than halfway through a $6 million capital campaign. The school is also asking the state for $18.4 million in 2008.

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