EUGENE, Ore. -- O Heroes has announced it will host Duckling Days on Sunday, June 2 at Bethel Community Park in Eugene. The event will run from approximately 12-3 p.m.
Duckling Days is a carnival aimed to bring the students and families of the Bethel School District together to enjoy food booths, obstacle course, raffles, games, and bounce houses for a day of family-fun.
The purpose for Duckling Days is to help promote parent-child interaction in a fun and collaborative way.
This is the second year for the event, which is a community service activity founded by UO’s acrobatics and tumbling team as a way to integrate the university with the local child community.
“Acrobatics and Tumbling have always been heavy participants in O Heroes and SAAC events in general,” O Heroes Program Director Judy Sheldon said. “It’s fun to see them create an event like Duckling Days and see it through into its second year."
Senior Naomi Hoffman and sophomore Zoey Johsz are UO student-athletes who have taken the lead in organizing and running this year’s Duckling Days. Their involvement also includes rallying student-athletes, as well as all students, to become role models to the children.
“We choose to give back to the community because of all the continued support they have given us throughout the years,” Hoffman said. “By creating these events and volunteering in the community, it allows us to create experiences for the children where they will look up to us more for the things we do in the community than our athletics.”
Like with many O Heroes-related events, the student-athletes have joined forces with UO’s Fraternity and Sorority Life to perform this community outreach.
The acrobatics and tumbling team was the recipient of the 2011-12 Duck Cup. The Duck Cup is a competition that tracks team participation in both Student Athlete Development (SAD) and O Heroes activities. The defending champions currently sit in second place in the most recent standings for this year’s Duck Cup award.
Earlier this year, the acrobatics and tumbling team volunteered at the inaugural Nick Symmonds Springfield 800. Proceeds from that event benefited Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lane County.
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The O Heroes program is a student-athlete philanthropy organization. The goal for O Heroes is to create a collective organization that can positively impact Oregon, specifically the Eugene/Springfield community. The student-athletes’ efforts in this regard are a way of thanking the fans and the community for their continued support.
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