O Heroes presented SHOW TIME, the inaugural student-athlete talent show at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Sunday, May 8th. Student-athletes from the teams performed live talents, skits or submitted video acts. Proceeds from the show will benefit O Heroes, a student run non-profit organization that allows student athletes to positively impact the community.
The Men and Women's Tennis teams collaborated for the event-winning act, 'The Midnight Hour,' which included full zombie costumes, and a mash-up of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' song and dance and newer hip hop songs mixed in as well. They were rewarded with 'the Golden Duck' by Puddles onstage at the end of the show.
The Men's Golf team took second place with a tongue-in-cheek video submission about their strenuous workout regimen that included, among other things, swimming in the Jaqua water feature. Other highlights included the Track & Field team's performance, 'Track's Got Talent', which ran like a show within the show and included 5 different acts: a hip hop dance, a magic trick, a lights-out glow stick dance, a rap by Michelle Williams and an a cappella solo by freshman sprinter English Gardner. All were crowd-pleasers.
SHOW TIME was the first-ever student athlete talent show at the University of Oregon and was hosted by student athletes Ashley Kivett from the Softball team and Boseko Lokombo of Football. The emcees poked fun at the athletic department, with Kivett coming onstage during one transition as head football coach Chip Kelly in Oregon gear, a white visor and headset talking about which team would have a 'fast hard finish' to 'win the day,' and later Lokombo mentioned it had been a great year for Oregon athletics; 2 National Championship teams (Acrobatics and Tumbling, and Women's Indoor Track & Field) and a National Championship contending football team, and to top it all off, the athletic department has the same Athletic Director it did at the start of the school year.
SHOW TIME featured two athletic department staff members, Leanne Brooks from compliance and Travis Halseth of athletic treatment as judges as well as former Duck football standout and now Baltimore Raven, Ed Dickson. The judges said it was a close call, but that clearly Tennis with their preparedness and coordination for 'Midnight Hour' was worthy of the 'Golden Duck'.
O Heroes brought special guests onstage during the show to talk about their experiences with the program, and the audience was brought to its feet when running back Kenjon Barner introduced a young man with cerebral palsy who participated in the 'Duckling' program, where youth overcoming trying circumstances get to have memorable experiences with Duck athletes. Jaymason, 10, told the audience what he said when he first met Coach Kelly; "Don't worry coach, I'm not the media." Later, former Duck and world record holder in the indoor heptathlon, Ashton Eaton, spoke from the heart about the importance of community service and how O Heroes is mutually beneficial to both the organizations it serves and the athletes who participate in service events.
The show was produced by Matt Geschke, the Director of O Heroes, who says that for the first year, it was a great success."It was successful for two reasons. First, because we raised money and awareness for the O Heroes program so that we can continue to make a positive impact in the community, and second was because it united the student athletes under the O Heroes mission."
Student athletes, aka O Heroes, have completed over 1500 volunteer hours so far this school year at over 50 events. For more information on the O Heroes program or upcoming events, please see our page on Goducks.com.
To get a little taste of SHOW TIME, see the Men's Golf video submission, a favorite from the evening.