After much anticipation, Sunday May 22nd's Quackin' Action event proved a huge success for the fourteenth year running. Everywhere I looked, kids were playing, learning, and (most importantly) smiling.
The event brought nearly 300 elementary-school students to the Moshofsky Center for a fun-filled afternoon with over 80 Oregon student-athlete volunteers. One of the most popular stations was the obstacle course, where kids crawled through hurdles, scurried across a log, high-stepped over some obstacles, and then delivered a punishing blow to a pop-up dummy. The kids' explosion through impact would have made Coach Kelly proud!
Other stations focused on hands-on learning about physical activity, nutrition, and safety. With the guidance of Playworks thanks to a grant from the Holden Leadership Center, student-athletes led the kids through games of "Shipwreck" and "Bear, Salmon, Mosquito."
The nutrition station explained the importance of fueling growing bodies after exercise (and as one first-grader reminded his classmates, milk is a great post-workout choice!). The Eugene Police Department led the final station that continued their regular effort to teach youth about making safe decisions.
Adding to the excitement of the atmosphere, Puddles the Duck made a guest appearance with four members from the Oregon Cheerleading squad.
And when our time was up, student-athletes capped a memorable day by signing posters for every kid to take home with them and they even got to try some locally produced kefir donated by Nancy's Creamery out of Springfield. We hope all the kids had a great time, but I can assure you it was just as much fun for us. I'm already excited for next year!