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Denver Campus Continues Commitment to Local, National Communities
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Instructor Just ‘Doing What I Feel Is Right’
As Brandon Tosti sat reading an article in Sports Illustrated in August 2007, he was moved by photographs underscoring the poor state of New Orleans schools and youth athletic facilities years after devastating hurricanes ravaged the area. He decided to help.

Tosti teaches professional sports marketing and management and works with Kroenke Sports Enterprises managing daily operations and revenue streams for 24 youth fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park north of the Denver Campus. Traveling to Louisiana on a fact-finding trip, he determined how best to help the kids of New Orleans and where to start. On his return, Tosti created the nonprofit organization, Sports for a Cause. Collecting donated sporting goods and equipment, he supplied New Orleans friends with material to rebuild a playground at a local school. He plans another visit early in 2009. “There is still such a great need for rebuilding in New Orleans and the vicinity. It’s going to take years if not decades. If something like this happened in Denver, I would hope other people and communities would extend their hand via their time, money or donation of goods,” Tosti says. “I’m just doing what I feel is right.” Online > www.sportsforacause.org

Img Campus News DEN Investco 170x150Green Team Jumps to Help INVESCO Tailgaters Recycle
Thanks to the efforts of JWU students, recycling of aluminum, plastic and glass has increased more than 60 percent at the home to the Denver Broncos.

In summer 2008, the operations staff at INVESCO Field at Mile High approached faculty at The Hospitality College and the Center for Sports/Entertainment/Event Management about helping the Broncos organization and the environment. While recycling aluminum, glass and plastic within the stadium was successful, tailgaters were not doing as well in the stadium’s parking lots. Eager to get industry experience, students involved with the campus’ Sports/Entertainment/Event Management program jumped at the opportunity to help bolster efforts. Enter the Green Team. Over several months, led by instructor Sean Daly and student manager, Zack Staarman, the group staged seven events, putting 644 hours of work into tackling their mission. The marked rise in recycling won high praise.

“Our partnership with Johnson & Wales University and the efforts and strong interest level of the students who make up the INVESCO Field Green Team has been a large factor in the improvement made this season where we have about doubled the amount of materials recycled per Denver Broncos game from that in 2007,” Matthew Shine, INVESCO Field parking and site manager says. “The students have been fantastic to work with and our customers have truly enjoyed interacting and learning from them each home game.” The program and Green Team are spurring interest from other venues around Colorado. Email > sdaly@jwu.edu
above: Instructor Sean Daly’s Green Team celebrates its success at INVESCO Field.