Curt Colter Memorial Griz Bean Bag Toss Tailgate Party - www.coltermemorial.com - T-shirts will be sold at the event.
Come play bean bag toss against your former favorite Griz athletes or bring your own group!
Location: Inside (or adjacent to) the G.S.A. tailgate setup outside the Washington-Grizzly stadium before the game*** If bad weather, we will move inside (G.S.A is working on details).
When: The event will take place from 9:30-11:45 before the 12:00 kickoff Montana Grizzly football game on Oct 18th – vs. UC-Davis
Who: This event is open to the general public.
Cost: Free-will donation. Come and support a great cause!
Purpose: Proceeds from the event will help support:
1) The Curt Colter Memorial Fund that helps former alumni (especially Grizzly former athletes) that have passed away at a young age support their families - in particular those with children under the age of 18.
2) G.S.A. (Grizzly Scholarship Association). Funds will go to facility upgrades (weight room, locker room, etc.) that help student-athletes on campus be as successful as possible while playing for the Griz.
*The McKenzie River Pizza located on Grant Creek Road in Missoula is donating a portion of the their sales over the weekend to the fund to help others!
Please spread the word and share with family and friends! We hope to see you there.
*** Let’s have some fun Friday night too…ALL INVITED!
Please join us for a no-host social for families at The Hub (http://www.thehubmissoula.com) on Friday, Oct 17th from 5pm - 8pm and afterwards downtown at Reds & The Missoula Club.
*"Say Who" on the tshirts represents the Griz "Brotherhood" amongst the players that Curt loved...you can ask a former player what it is about!
Curt Colter sadly passed away in October 2012 of undetected heart disease at age 33……as the Lord took him to be by His side. He was born on October 9, 1979, in Sidney, MT, to Bill and Cyndy Colter. Curt attended schools in MT - Custer, Big Sandy, and eventually Hysham, MT 4th-12th grades. Curt excelled athletically and academically leading him to the University of Montana where he was a part of the 2001 Grizzly National Championship football team. Curt was an All-Conference defensive tackle who was inducted September 2012, into the Grizzly Hall of Fame with teammates.
He graduated in 2003 with a degree in Elementary Education. While in college, he met his future wife, Mara, in the Griz athletic complex as she worked in the equipment room. They moved to Nogales, Arizona to pursue jobs in teaching/coaching and were married in 2005, welcoming their daughter Payton one year later. After five years in Arizona, Curt and his family moved to Sioux Falls, SD where he became owner (with his former Griz football playing brother DJ who loved every minute with him in this opportunity) and operator of the Oreck Vacuum Store. While under Curt’s direction, his store was one of the top in the nation.
Curt was a part of Business Networking International and volunteered weekly at his daughter’s school. Since the day he was born, Curt had the ability to make all who were around him laugh with his sense of humor and his own infectious laugh. Curt’s nickname as a young boy was “Tuffy.” Ironically, he loved giving nicknames to everyone later in his life. Curt always wanted those around him to feel comfortable and happy, as he was a true “gentle giant.” Curt formed special bonds with people throughout his whole life whether it was the during his high school years of working on the farm or playing legion baseball, to college times where he was loved by his teammates who nicknamed him “Beefcake,” to teaching/coaching middle school kids in Arizona, and even as a business owner where even the postman (who sent the family a letter saying Curt was the only one who would have a genuine conversation with him daily) loved him, let alone his thousands of customers. Professionally, he was a combination of a great teacher, coach, and salesman, which is what made him so successful. Personally, his caring personality made you just want to spend more time with him.
Curt had a special ability of staying in contact with friends at all stages in his life, evident by the thousands of people that either attended his funeral or sent the family messages of how he influenced their life in some positive way. Curt really enjoyed fishing, hunting, attending sporting events with friends/family, playing baseball/football fantasy leagues, playing golf, following the Braves, 49ers, Vikings, Griz, and special moments like teaching his daughter Payton how to ride her bike.
They shared a special bond which was evident to everyone they came in contact with. Payton loved spending time with her daddy at the store helping clean and demonstrate vacuums for customers. Curt and Payton enjoyed listening to Pearl Jam and playing their guitars. Curt’s love for his wife Mara was evident to all as they enjoyed their life adventures together. His blue eyes and great smile is missed by all who met him. We know you are making everyone in heaven laugh with your special sense of humor Curt!
Curt would be so happy of what this Griz memorial event in his name is about with not only helping people in need, but by getting friends together for good times!
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