CSU fans crowded into Moby Arena Friday night to watch the womenâ€™s volleyball team take on Texas Tech, but nobody looked quite like Noah Sandoval.
Showing up an hour early in a green army vest, green shorts, a â€œStateâ€ bandana and gold sunglasses, the junior environmental engineering and Spanish double major stood in the front row of the student section ready to cheer on his CSU Rams.
Sandoval turned to the crowd growing behind him and, with the sound of the pulsing arena in the background, yelled, â€œI said Iâ€™m proud to be a CSU Ram!â€
Sandoval fell in love with CSU when he visited the campus as an incoming freshman.
â€œIt just felt right,â€ Sandoval said.
Three years later, he has managed to channel his love for CSU into the Knights of Green and Gold, a student-run organization that promotes school spirit.
The club requires a $10 fee, which provides members with a T-shirt, priority seating at select sporting events and the opportunity to win sideline passes for football games.
The club also brings students together to create a greater sense of CSU pride, Sandoval said.
Jerek Justus, a senior philosophy major and vice president of the Knights, said CSUâ€™s fan base is apathetic and has a lack of athletic culture. This club aims to combat that.
â€œWeâ€™re just trying to be an organizational force,â€ Justus said. â€œIf we can get everyone to know the fight song that would be an improvement.â€
Sandoval started the organization last year but ended up studying abroad in Spain during the spring semester.
When he returned to Colorado, Sandoval began marketing the organization and working with the CSU Athletic Department to secure support for the club.
â€œWeâ€™re really excited about this partnership,â€ said Ben Chulick, CSU Athletics marketing director. â€œThis is the perfect timing for launching a new group with the upcoming basketball season.â€
With about 25,000 students at CSU, athletic events serve as an opportunity to bring them together, Chulick said.
â€œIâ€™ve always been passionate about coming to the games, cheering on the Rams and having fun. Noah just had the idea to encompass all of that into an organization,â€ said Jesse Jankowski, a junior environmental engineering major and founding member of the Knights.
With a new semester and a promising sports season, the student section in Moby Arena was buzzing as students reveled in the volleyball win on Friday night.
â€œThe atmosphereâ€™s great,â€ Sandoval said, his voice raspy from leading cheers all night. â€œItâ€™s just another great win for our rams.â€
Staff writer Erin Udell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Request an application by sending an email to CSUKnights@gmail.com
- Turn in completed applications to SLiCE office in the Lory Student Center