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In the last three months, University of Oregon athletes reached out to the surrounding communities and connected with local schools for their non-profit organization called O Heroes. The players put their competitiveness aside in order to help with fundraising events and volunteer at various elementary schools.

In January of this year the athletes participated in a fundraiser called Dance Marathon, in which they danced for 12 hours to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. The fundraiser was a campus-wide event and proceeds went to the children and infants unit at Sacred Heart Hospital.

The “Polar Plunge” was another fundraising event for the O Heroes, which took place in February. Athletes from the football and women’s lacrosse team participated in the event by handing out soup and hot chocolate to the brave plungers. Proceeds from the event went to Oregon’s Special Olympics.

On Mar. 2, Jamesha Youngblood, track and field star, developed a program called “Are you Smarter” during Read Across America Week that allowed fourth graders to compete in a trivia game with athletes from the O Heroes program. Before the game took place, the athletes traveled to eight elementary schools across Eugene and Springfield and participated in reading programs throughout the day. The last elementary school, Adams Elementary, was where the trivia game occurred.

The UO athletes have made tremendous efforts fundraising and volunteering in the community, which sets a bar for the new athletes to come. Participants of the O Heroes program are setting a great example for the kids in the community and are teaching them to make a difference. I am interested to see what other events they will create in support of other non-profit organizations.


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