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O Heroes to Host 15th Annual Quackin' Action
Release Date: 05/30/2012
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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon Athletic Department and O Heroes announced they will host the 15th annual Quackin’ Action community service event on Sunday, June 3, at Pape' Field in Eugene (** changed from Moshofsky Center because of NCAA Baseball Regional hosted at PK Park).

Over 100 UO student-athletes will promote values on “How to Be a Good Duck” with approximately 300 elementary school students from Springfield and another 50 children from the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley. The event is scheduled to run from 1-3 p.m.

The UO student-athletes will host five work stations which focus on the following: sportsmanship, nutrition, fitness, safety and teamwork. In addition, local volunteer firefighters will conduct a fire and safety presentation for students and their parents.

"What makes Quackin’ Action really special is that the student-athletes lead and organize every part of it,” said Judy Sheldon, O Heroes Program Director. “As anyone with kids or who works with kids can attest, it is quite an endeavor when working with 300 elementary school students.”

To conclude the event, the student-athletes will also have an autograph signing session.

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. More info on O Heroes can be found at "like" us on Facebook and follow @OHeroes on Twitter. O Heroes uses hashtag #oheroes for all O Heroes related tweets.

On Sunday, May 13, Mothers and daughters, student-athletes and non student-athletes alike, joined together on Mother's Day for a morning full of fun and bonding at the Jane Higdon Foundation/ KIDSPORTS/ O Heroes Fun Run. The event was held at Amazon Park in Eugene and ran from 8 a.m. until noon. Click here for more on this event

On Friday, May 11, the UO student-athletes teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley (BGC) and hosted the inaugural O Heroes "O"lympics event. Student-athletes from many UO teams joined BGC members and community leaders, formed teams, and participated in events that encouraged the use of both intellectual and athletic abilities. The afternoon consisted of events that included a sign language competition, ping-pong matches, dance-offs, inflatable obstacle course challenges, puzzle contests and various sport-related skill games.  Click here for more on this event

On Thursday, May 3, the O Heroes program hosted their second annual "Showtime" student-athlete talent show. The show, a combination of video and live performances, featured submissions from nearly all 17 varsity teams. This year's event had record attendance and raised a staggering $2,290 for the O Heroes program. Click here for more on this event

On Saturday, April 7, the O Heroes teamed up with Warsaw Sports Marketing Center's annual KIDSPORTS Invitational 3-on-3 Tournament held at Matthew Knight Arena. Along with The Duck and the Oregon Cheer team, O Heroes from the Oregon men's and women's basketball teams and the UO women's soccer team hosted a Q&A panel, signed O Heroes posters, and scrimmaged against the youth tournament participants. Click here for more on this event 

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