web site here.Mountain Equipment Recyclers has reached $50,000 in charitable giving since opening three years ago! MER is a retail store selling new and used outdoor gear. The business model is built around giving back to the community. 50% of donated item sales and 5% of consigned item sales are given back to local charities. The store opened in 2011 under the premise of giving to organizations assisting military families. Every year the store chooses new military-focused non-profit partners. Since opening, the store has given to AspenPointe, The Home Front Cares, Lifequest Transitions, Thanks Troops, Veteran’s Expeditions, Paradox Sports, Phoenix Multisport, Project Healing Waters and Project Sanctuary. It has since expanded to an ongoing partnership with local Trails and Open Space Coalition. Other organizations MER has donated to include Upadowna, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Catamount Institute, Blue Star Recyclers, Urban Peak, Kids on Bikes, and more. Find more about non-profit giving from MER on the
The idea of MER was born from a love of the outdoors, compassion for struggling service members in our community, and a desire to create a humble, friendly atmosphere not often seen in today’s profit-first driven businesses. MER sells new and used outdoor gear including camping, backpacking, cycling, kayaking, skis, snowboards, fly fishing, apparel, and more. The store opened with consignment and donation items with a modest budget. The store currently has 950+ consignors and has grown to include new gear including closeouts, dealer samples, etc. Free coffee and tea are always offered by the friendly staff. Periodic parties are held with live music, free lunch (often grilled burgers from Mike the owner), prizes and giveaways, and more. The store has developed into a true community-oriented enterprise. In 2012, the store introduced online sales through its web site.
MER has received a tremendous amount of media support since opening. Articles, stories, blogs, mentions, have been given from The Gazette, The Denver Post, KOAA-News Channel 5, The Independent, Colorado Springs Business Journal, The Cheyenne Edition, Westside Pioneer, Backpacker Magazine, Pikes Peak Sports, Out There Colorado, Upadowna, and more. ...
Most important, the store thanks all of the customers and community members, who shop, consign, donate, and promote the store. They are the reason $50,000 has been given to great non-profits!
Scott Owens, head hockey coach at Colorado College for the past 15 seasons, resigned Sunday morning on the heels of his worst year, which ended with a record of 7-24-6.
There had been much speculation about whether Owens would be given one more season to right the ship, considering his overall mark of 324-228-54 — making him CC's winningest hockey coach in the program's long history. Another factor thought to be weighing in Owens' favor was being a former CC goaltender and 1979 graduate.
But a release sent out Sunday by CC's athletic department said that Owens and Ken Ralph, the school's athletics director, agreed after a postseason review that the coach would leave.
“I have been fortunate to have had the best job in college hockey for the past 15 seasons. It is time for a new coach to enjoy working with our players,” Owens said in the release. “I appreciate the support and encouragement I have received during my tenure and I hope the new leader of the team will be treated with the same respect. This is a tremendous institution and I am proud of what we accomplished here. I will always be a Tiger.”
Owens' teams won three regular-season conference titles and earned seven trips to the NCAA tournament, most recently a trip to the national quarterfinals in 2011 after a first-round upset win over Boston College. He coached 16 All-Americans and two Hobey Baker award winners in the past decade.
“We are thankful to Coach Owens for his years of dedicated service as our head hockey coach,” Ralph said in the release. “His accomplishments during this time behind the bench for the Tigers speak for themselves.”
Owens became CC's head coach in 1999 replacing Don Lucia, who left to become head coach at Minnesota.
The news release said a national search will begin immediately for Owens' replacement, though one candidate might be current CC assistant Eric Rud, who captained the Tigers during their run to the NCAA title game in 1996 (when CC lost in overtime to Michigan).
CC President Jill Tiefenthaler said, “The academic achievement of our student athletes always comes first, and under Coach Owens our players were consistently honored for their performance as students. I am grateful to Scott for keeping academics a top priority and supporting our players in their studies.”
The law says tax exempt status is granted to groups that “foster national or international amateur sports competition.” But do the hyper-marketed modern games even remotely fit the ideal of amateur sports? Sure, some athletes who represent the U.S. are amateurs but a great many others are highly paid professionals or marketing magnets. Snowboarder Shaun White–who won no medals– makes a reported $8 million-a-year in endorsements.Back in 2009, the city provided the USOC with a new headquarters building downtown, which is still held by the City of Colorado Springs Public Facilities Authority but will be given to the USOC If it sticks around here long enough. The city also spent millions to renovate the Olympic Training Center, at Boulder Street and Union Boulevard.
And then there is USOC itself. By almost any standard, it is a commercial enterprise. It exists primarily to help organize a bi-annual made-for-TV entertainment extravaganza. Yes, it provides some support for athletes (though surprisingly little). But its real business is marketing itself and playing its part in a two-week orgy of athletic commercialization.