The University of Oregon’s annual football Spring Game was considered as much of a success off the field as it was for players and coaches, with its effects reaching far beyond the boundaries of only sports enthusiasts.

Serving as the cornerstone for the Ducks’ May 2 Spring Fan Festival, which also encompassed an Oregon baseball game as well as a women’s soccer exhibition, the event helped raise over $6,000 in donations for the Todd Doxey Foundation in addition to 22,100 pounds of food and another $688 that have been forwarded to Food for Lane County.

The Todd Doxey Foundation was established to help defray family expenses associated with the death of the Ducks’ former football player, who drowned in a river accident last summer.

The Oregon athletics department has requested food donations as admission for its final spring intrasquad football scrimmage for the past seven years, with those proceeds forwarded to the local food bank. Over 23,000 pounds of food donations were accumulated from the 2008 Spring Game. However department officials indicated they were pleased with this year’s donation efforts despite less-than-ideal weather forecasts that resulted in several occurrences of heavy rain.

“I believe it is important for the university’s athletics department to give back to the communities that have been so good in supporting us for so long,” said former head football coach Mike Bellotti, who will assume the role as Oregon’s director of athletics on July 1. “The idea of incorporating the Spring Game into a weekend that includes many different aspects of the athletics department is something we hope to build on each year and has the opportunity to provide an event that fans can look forward to each spring.”


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