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Broncos, Buffaloes tee it up at Classic

While the dozen former and current NFL and University of Colorado football players who will be in the Roaring Fork Valley this weekend are ultimately here for football and youth sports, a good part of their energy will be spent on the links.

The Roaring Fork Sports Foundation Kickoff Classic golf tourney, featuring a number of Super Bowl and Division I National Champions, tees off Saturday at 1 p.m. at Aspen Glen Golf Course.

“The tournament itself is full. We got such unbelievable support we had to turn teams away,” Roaring Fork High School football coach Tory Jensen. “It’s amazing in an economic down year and it shows what this tournament has become.”

This year’s celebrity roster includes four players who competed for CU in the late 1980s and 90s and eight other current and former NFL players.

Quarterback Darian Hagan, who guided the Buffs to their only national title in 1990 will be joined by teammate Leonard Renfro. Standout CU receiver and current NFL player Charles Johnson, who won a Super Bowl with New England in 2001, will also be in the valley, along with CU’s 1990 Butkus Award winner Alfred Williams. Williams went on to win Super Bowl titles with the Denver Broncos in 1997 and 1998.

Other former Broncos include Leroy Mitchell, Tim Lucas, Rick Upchurch and Kenny Woodard. Former San Francisco safety Dwight Hicks has been part of the tournament since its inception and will be joined this year by a trio of other defensive backs in Mark Cotney (Tampa Bay), Lewis Breeden (Cincinnati) and Pete Shaw (San Diego).

The tournament, which benefits athletics in the Roaring Fork Valley, has gained in popularity since beginning five years ago, a time when football was struggling in the area.

“When I first got here we were lacking equipment in an unbelievable way, just from lack of funds – and football is a god-awful expensive sport,” Jensen said. “For one year Roaring Fork was the only game in town.

“What ended up happening is a bunch of people got together and said, `This has got to change.’ Now we’ve got support up and down the valley,” he added.

While the initial focus of the fund-raiser was to benefit youth and prep football, the foundation gives scholarships to athletes in many prep sports. Jensen would like to see the organization raise enough money to become a grant writing foundation for all sports in the valley in the future.

The first recipient of the Roaring Fork Sports Foundation Scholarship, Seth Fabian, attended Notre Dame and is now headed to Columbia to pursue a doctorate, according to Jensen. This year’s recipients of the foundation’s scholarships were Basalt High School’s Mariah Mulcahy and Glenwood Springs’ Cody Brickell.

For information on sponsoring a hole for the tournament or donating to the Roaring Fork Sports Foundation, call 963-7363.

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