An Eastern Washington University journalism student from 1982-86, the popular ESPN Radio personality also pledges support of Eastern's "Red Turf" project
ESPN broadcaster Colin Cowherd will return to Eastern Washington University in April to serve as host of the 29th Annual Orland Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction, and has also pledged his support of the "Red Turf" project at EWU's Woodward Field.
Cowherd attended Eastern from 1982-86 before embarking on a more than 20-year professional broadcasting career. He was sports director of Eastern's on-campus radio station, and was a broadcaster for a variety of Eastern athletic events on both radio and television during Eastern's transition to NCAA Division I. He is formerly from the coastal town of Grayland, Wash., and graduated from Ocosta (Wash.) High School in 1982 where he was an All-Far West Conference guard in basketball.
He has pledged $50,000 toward the previously-announced addition of red synthetic turf at EWU's Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash., which will be the first of its kind in the entire country. Michael Roos of the NFL's Tennessee Titans and his wife Katherine pledged the first $500,000 toward the unique project. The Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction is presented annually by the Michael Roos Foundation, and Roos will also be on hand for the events taking place April 23-24.
"We could not be any more excited to have Colin coming back to campus in April and joining Michael for this event," said Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves, who visited Cowherd at the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn., in January. "This is another example of a former Eastern student making it big and giving back to the institution."
Cowherd began his professional career as the play-by-play voice for the Pacific Coast League's Las Vegas Stars, and worked at television stations in Las Vegas, Tampa and Portland, Ore., before joining ESPN in 2004. "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" made its debut on March 29, 2004, and he recently became co-host of the new television show SportsNation, which airs weekdays on ESPN2.
The Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction, which takes place in partnership with the Michael Roos Foundation, is April 24 at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center in Cheney, Wash. Cost for a table of eight is just $500 with individual tickets priced at $75 each. The event starts with a social hour and auction at 4:30 p.m., followed by the dinner (6:15 p.m.) and dancing.
More information and on-line ordering will be available soon at http://WWW.GOEAGS.COM. Tickets may also be obtained by calling 509-359-2463 or 1-800-648-7697.
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Tickets are now on sale for Eastern Washington University's 29th annual Orland Killin Dinner, Dance & Auction, which this year will take place in partnership with the Michael Roos Foundation. On-line ordering of tickets will be available soon for the event which takes place on Saturday, April 24 at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center in Cheney, Wash.
The Roos Foundation previously hosted its own dinner, auction and poker tournament for two years, but joined forces with the EWU athletic department for Killin in 2009. Roos, an All-Pro offensive tackle for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League, will be on hand for the weekend of festivities. He and his wife, Katherine, contributed $500,000 toward the "Red Turf" project at EWU.
Silent and live auctions will take place, with an additional auction area for an expanded variety of professional sports memorabilia. Included will be player jerseys, including those worn by Roos and other NFL players.
Cost for a table of eight is just $500 with individual tickets priced at $75 each. The event starts with a social hour and auction at 4:30 p.m., followed by the dinner (6:15 p.m.) and dancing. More information and on-line ordering will be available soon at http://WWW.GOEAGS.COM. Tickets may also be obtained by calling 509-359-2463 or 1-800-648-7697.
Prior to the dinner, the EWU football team will play its Red-White Spring Football Game at 2 p.m. at Woodward Field. The women's soccer team will also host its annual Alumni Game at noon. The 23rd Annual Coaches Golf Tournament will take place the day before, with information available by calling Chris Hansen at 509-359-2307, with on-line registration also expected to be available soon at http://WWW.GOEAGS.COM.
Net proceeds benefit areas of greatest need within Eastern Athletics. The event is named in honor of Orland Killin, who along with his wife Bernice helped create the event. Orland was a man immensely dedicated to academics and the integrity of Eastern Washington University, serving as professor, faculty athletic representative and faculty president. He was an Eastern football letter winner in 1941-42.
The Michael Roos Foundation was established to support local non-profit organizations, including EWU's Eagle Athletic Association, Special Olympics in Washington and Boys and Girls Clubs of Spokane County.
Roos, who graduated from Mountain View High School in Vancouver, Wash. in 2000, earned All-Pro honors and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl following the 2008 season.
The "Red Turf" project was jump-started with a generous initial gift from Roos and his wife Katherine, who are both graduates of Eastern. Roos graduated in 2005 with a double major in Finance and Economics, and Katherine graduated in 2004 with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning. They now reside in Nashville, Tenn., where Roos earned All-Pro honors for the Titans in 2008. He has started all 80 regular season games as a Titan, plus two playoff games, 21 pre-season games and the 2009 Pro Bowl.
Roos played at Eastern from 2001-04, and ended his Eagle career with 35-straight starts. As a senior in 2004, he earned five different All-America honors and was the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (then I-AA) Lineman of the Year. Roos was drafted in the second round (41st pick overall) by Tennessee in the 2005 draft.
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Colin Cowherd is host of ESPN Radio's The Herd with Colin Cowherd, broadcast nationally 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pacific time Monday-Friday from ESPN Radio's studios in Bristol, Conn. A simulcast of the show debuted on ESPNU in August 2008. He also is co-host of SportsNation, a one-hour studio show weekdays at 1 p.m. Pacific time on ESPN2.
Cowherd joined ESPN Radio in 2004 when The Herd launched with a West Coast-only hour airing from 6-7 a.m. Pacific. The Herd features topical commentary on the day's most important sports news, perspective on the top stories, interviews with the biggest newsmakers, and entertaining daily segments including "Spanning the Globe."
He has adapted parts of his radio show onto other platforms, including a version of "Spanning the Globe" on ESPN's SportsCenter, and his opening rant presented with video on ESPN360.com. Cowherd also has hosted various programs for ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN Classic.
The Herd frequently originates from the site of sports biggest events, including the Super Bowl and NBA All-Star Game. Additionally, he has been featured in two television on-air promos, co-starring with a cat in one, and in another with the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins.
Cowherd joined ESPN Radio from KFXX 910-AM "The Fan" in Portland, Ore., where he hosted the popular three-hour morning drive program, The Herd. He also anchored weeknight sports and "Sports Sunday" for KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8.
Cowherd's experience includes serving as sports anchor at Tampa's WTVT-TV, where he received a local Sports Emmy for Buc Sunday, and as sports director at KVBC-TV in Las Vegas, where he earned multiple Nevada Sportscaster of the Year awards. He began his career as the play-by-play voice for the Pacific Coast League's Las Vegas Stars.