EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon Athletic Department and O Heroes announced they will host the annual Quackin’ Action community service event on Sunday, May 22, at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene. Over 100 UO student-athletes will promote values on “How to Be a Good Duck” with approximately 250 elementary school children from Springfield and another 50 children from the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley.

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 and police officers will conduct a fire and safety presentation for students and their parents.


"Quackin' Action is an exciting opportunity for student-athletes to connect with some of Eugene's most enthusiastic Duck fans,” said Ben DeJarnette, one of the UO student-athletes serving as an event director. “Our goal is for the kids to learn through fun activities that encourage teamwork, physical activity, and sportsmanship.”


“I think the huge number of volunteers for this event reflects the desire of student-athletes to give back to a community whose support has been incredible all year," DeJarnette said.


The Duck Pep Band and Spirit Squads will also be on hand to teach the UO fight song “Mighty Oregon” to the participating youth.


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


For more specific information regarding O Heroes and the upcoming community service events, please contact Matt Geschke via email at mgeschke@uoregon.edu or by phone at (484) 343-1065.


The Oregon “O” Heroes program is a student-athlete non-profit organization that operates under the direction of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The executive members of SAAC serve as the board of directors of the O Heroes program. The goal of O Heroes is to create a single identity for all community service initiatives and to promote involvement in service from all student-athletes, staff, faculty, and the campus community as well as health and education.