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O Heroes Set For Busy October and November
Release Date: 10/15/2012
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EUGENE, Ore. --
O Heroes once again has a busy fall schedule of community service events, with this month’s headliner being the third annual Susan G. Komen Eugene Race for the Cure. Over 25 UO student-athletes will join forces with UO’s Fraternity and Sorority Life as volunteers at this year’s event which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21. The volunteers will meet at Autzen Stadium with shifts beginning at 7:15 a.m. (PT).

UO student-athletes will assist in many different areas at this year’s race. Roles for volunteers include but aren’t limited to: checking in participants prior to the start of the races, giving out T-shirts and running bibs to each participant, serving at water stations throughout the course and assisting as course monitors.

The Susan G. Komen Eugene Race for the Cure raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement. More information is available at


O Heroes will host the third-annual Special Olympics Bowling Event which is scheduled for Nov. 12 at Emerald Lanes. The event runs from 4-5:30 p.m. Around 90 Special Olympians will be joined by approximately 30-40 UO student-athletes from a wide variety of varsity sports programs.


O Heroes has been approached to assist with several one-time events during the months of October and November. Student-athletes from many different sports programs are slated to attend and work as volunteers. Below is a listing of some upcoming events:

• Thursday, Oct. 25: Holt Elementary School Q&A.
Student-athletes answer questions from Holt Elementary School fourth graders.

• Friday, Oct. 26: Muscles in Motion. Student-athletes host a yoga session and conduct a Q&A for grades K-5 from Camas Ridge Community School.

• Friday, Nov. 9: Junction City’s Oakway Elementary touring UO’s facilities. Student-athletes volunteer as tour guides as Oakway Elementary visits the Casanova Center, Moshofsky Center and Autzen Stadium.


O Heroes is a philanthropic organization -- run by student-athletes -- which positively impacts Oregon, most specifically the Eugene/Springfield community. UO’s student-athletes are viewed as role models. UO Athletics is fortunate to have these young individuals not only participating in varsity athletics, but also volunteering their time in the community.

After falling under the Duck Athletic Fund non-profit umbrella for the past four years, O Heroes was recently awarded its own 501(c)3 entity. This status enables O Heroes to fundraise more aggressively as to provide greater opportunities for the Lane County communities.

While the process can be time intensive, O Heroes has started the fundraising initiative through Snoball, a social media based fundraising platform, as well as with Malka Diamonds and Jewelry, who are donating 20% of sales from UO branded jewelry on game days.

The Oregon Acrobatics and Tumbling team took time out on Saturday, Oct. 13, to assist with the inaugural Nick Symmonds Springfield 800. Proceeds of the event benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lane County. Symmonds, a five-time U.S. Champion, was on hand to meet with participants.

The race was run through the historic Washburn District in downtown Springfield. Many elite track and field athletes participated along with community members. Music was played both before and after the race, and food vendors were set up at the City Hall Fountain Plaza. The student-athletes who volunteered helped with all aspects of the pre- and post-race festivities.

Each week O Heroes sits down with a UO student-athlete to get to know more about them on and off the field in a feature named Hero of the Week. The most recent selection for that recognition is Grant Thompson who is a sophomore linebacker on the UO football team. A week prior to that, the feature was on San Diego native Ashley Inman, a 5-2 senior midfielder on the Oregon women’s lacrosse team. Completed player profiles for both Thompson and Inman are available at

Thompson is a native to Cottage Grove, Ore., and is well-known around UO for his academic success, athletic achievements and his unmistakable sense of humor. A senior Family and Human Services (FHS) major, Thompson has made a lasting impact around the university and in the Eugene/ Springfield community.

In addition to joining a select group of 20 fellow student-athletes for the Courts for Kids service trip to the Dominican Republic last summer, Thompson has volunteered numerous hours to other O Heroes events. Last year he participated in Quackin’ Action, Showtime, various anti-bullying assemblies, Special Olympics Bowling, Read Across America and volunteered multiple times at the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley.

Thompson continues to be a role model within the community, in the classroom and on the field. After graduation he plans to take his experiences with O Heroes and continue participating in community service events.

Inman is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in psychology and double minoring in computer science/technology and business administration. Despite her demanding schedule juggling academics and athletics, Inman has created a lasting impression within the Eugene-Springfield community through her work with O Heroes.

While many know Inman for her skills on the field, she also shines within the O Heroes program. She visits the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Valley on a weekly basis, participating in afternoon activities (her favorite is dodge ball) and assisting the kids with their homework.

Inman participated in a number of O Heroes events in the 2011-2012 school year including: Duckling Days, "O"lympics, Dance Marathon, A Step In The Right Direction and house painting for Habitat for Humanity.

Teammates and friends can always find Inman supporting her Ducks at various other UO varsity sporting events. A dedicated Duck, she excels in academics, athletics and is a positive role model in the community. After her collegiate career, she hopes to get a job within the computer science or medical field, while continuing to work with the Boys and Girls Club and volunteer coaching for young kids.

Last year, O Heroes began profiling student-athletes who were particularly active in serving the community. The 2012-13 selections are made by O Heroes student directors Maggie Kovacs (Lacrosse) and Lauren Plum (Volleyball).

The following is a list of student-athletes who were recognized as Hero of the Week during the 2011-12 seasons: Jessica Drummond (Lacrosse) - Jan. 24 ... Amanda Johnson (Women’s Basketball) - Feb. 1 ... James Scales (Football) - Feb. 6 ... Michael Clay (Football) - Feb. 15 ... Chynna Miley (Women’s Basketball) - Feb. 23 ... Alaina Bergsma (Volleyball) - March 1 ... Boseko Lokombo (Football) - March 7 ... Erin Block (Acro & Tumbling) - April 18 ... Trudie du Toit (Women’s Tennis) - April 25 ... Kenjon Barner (Football) - May 21.


O Heroes Director Judy Sheldon and the University of Oregon recently participated in a Global Sports Mentoring Program affiliated with the Center for Sport Peace Society, the U.S. Department of State and espnW.

Seventeen different women from all over the world were identified as emerging leaders in sports. Each traveled to the United States where they were paired with leading U.S. women who work in a sports-related field.

Hongxia Wei from Beijing, China, was the emerging leader who traveled to Eugene for the mentorship program. Wei works with China’s General Administration of Sport where she is Director of Law and Regulation. Wei was paired with Sheldon, who was selected as a leading woman in U.S. sports.

Specifically through the O Heroes program, Wei was exposed to a comprehensive community development program led by elite level athletes. Through her work with the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center in the Lundquist College of Business, Wei had an insider’s look at the sports industry, including management, media, and marketing.

O Heroes announced their partnership with Snoball, a social media-focused fundraising platform, and Malka Diamonds and Jewelry, the UO’s officially licensed jeweler, in hopes of accelerating their fundraising efforts.

Snoball will give Duck fans, alumni, students and staff the ability to make small, event-triggered donations to O Heroes via a parameter of giving called a “snoball.” For example, users can make a $10 donation for each football win, $1 per goal for the soccer team, or $2 per dunk by the basketball team, with the ability to cap donations at a certain dollar amount. In addition, fans can create their own team-focused snoballs to fit their personal interest in each game, and link their contributions back to the O Heroes program. Snoballs will be made for each of the UO’s 17 varsity teams.

Once a user makes a Snoball account they are able to donate to any and all of O Heroes’ team-specific snoballs, share their giving on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare, and help propel the ability for our student-athletes to create social change within our community.

Malka Diamonds and Jewelry has announced they will give 20 percent of all UO Collection jewelry bought on home football game days, both online or at their Portland store location, back to O Heroes. No promo code is necessary; all purchases from the UO collection on those days qualify.

Funds raised will support UO’s student-athlete volunteer efforts throughout the Eugene-Springfield community including, but not limited to, the following partners: Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, KIDSPORTS, Greenhill Humane Society, Food For Lane County and the Lane County School Districts.

Student-athletes and staff from the University of Oregon Athletic Department embarked on a nine-day trip to the Dominican Republic from June 15-23. The UO contingent teamed up with Courts for Kids, a tax-exempt organization which regularly works with local groups and community members to build courts which provide youth with the opportunity to play sports.

The 20 representatives from UO traveled specifically to Los Cerros which is part of the rural town of Don Juan located two hours north of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The team stayed with host families in very primitive conditions with bucket baths, latrines, sparse electricity and even sparser light bulbs.

Courts for Kids is an official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, based in Vancouver, Washington. The mission of Courts for Kids is to foster love, compassion, service and an expanding worldview as we take teams to economically disadvantaged areas, partnering with local organizations and community members to build courts which will provide kids with the opportunity to play sports.

A complete recap of the 2012 O Heroes Abroad International Service trip -- with photos and video -- is available here.

For up-to-date information on all things related to O Heroes, follow on Twitter @OHeroes and like on Facebook ( The online home for O Heroes is


The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives on NCAA member institutions campuses. SAAC has representatives from each team and meets bi-monthly.

SAAC intends to promote effective communication between the student-athlete population as a whole, student-athletes as individuals, and the athletic department administration. SAAC will also provide student-athletes the opportunity to communicate with administration on local and national issues affecting student-athletes, while allowing student-athletes with the opportunity to provide suggestions and feedback on programs that serve student-athlete needs.

Below is a listing of the executive staff for the 2012-13 academic calendar.

Co-Chairs: Ben DeJarnette (CC/T&F) and Lena Macomson (WTEN)
O Heroes Chairs: Lauren Plum (VB) and Maggie Kovacs (LAX)
Healthy Athletes / Sustainability Chairs: Robin Cambier (MTEN) and Sarah Andrews (T&F)
Athlete Unification: Chelsea Randel (LAX)
Campus Liaison:
Julia Magdelino (A&T)
Football Liasion: Dustin Haines (FB)

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