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Bloom’s family launches Web site, T-shirts to help fight NCAA

Devon O'Neil

BOULDER – Three days after the NCAA banned Jeremy Bloom from playing college football for the University of Colorado – a decision the university is appealing at Bloom’s request – Bloom’s family has launched a Web site to help give the public an arena to speak out on the embattled athlete’s behalf.The site (www.givebackbloom.com) offers visitors a chance to submit their comments to the family, and has T-shirts for sale mocking the NCAA acronym. “National Coalition Against Athletes,” read the shirts, which can be bought at College Corners in Boulder and Mountain Rentals Inc. in Loveland, where Bloom is from.Bloom’s mother, Char Bloom – who now lives in Keystone and is a ski instructor at A-Basin – said Friday that launching the Web site was the family’s doing, not Jeremy’s. “Jeremy has nothing to do with this,” she said. The idea, she said, “is to give people a place where their comments can be heard. And to get the word out that this is Jeremy’s final appeal.”Although Char Bloom said she and the rest of her family are still not sure what they’re going to do with the comments they receive, she said it’s “a possibility” that they’ll send them to the NCAA.The NCAA is expected to hear CU’s appeal next week, she said. Bloom grew up skiing at Breckenridge and Keystone, and competed for Team Breck Freestyle before he made the U.S. Ski Team. He was banned from NCAA competitions after he began accepting endorsements to support his skiing career earlier this year. He is currently in Chile training with the U.S. team. “The last I heard from him,” said his mother, “he said, ‘Mom, I’m just trying to be the best skier I can be.'”Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.


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