The University of Oregon Women's Basketball team presented a check for $500 to the Special Olympics of Lane County at the Women's Softball game on Saturday April 9th. The money was given by the NCAA to the UO women’s basketball team to be donated to a non-profit organization of their choice after the team won the NCAA's 'Pack the House' challenge to get the most fans at a women's basketball game. The Duck women set an attendance record for a UO women's basketball game by selling out their opening game at the new Matthew Knight Arena vs. Oregon State University and total attendance for the day was over 11,000.
At the softball game, Special Olympics participants joined the starting players on the field for the singing of the National Anthem, and during the middle of the first inning, the basketball players gathered with Special Olympians in front of the home dugout to hand over a giant check for $500. Although the Ducks did not beat Arizona State University in the game that day, a good time was had by all and the Special Olympics of Lane County has expressed their gratitude for the continued support from O Heroes in what has become a great relationship between the two organizations.
Special Olympics of Lane County Director Ted Barker said of the event, "Special Olympics athletes and coaches had a great time at the softball game. We appreciated the women's basketball team presenting the donation to us. Our athletes got a real thrill meeting and having extended conversations with the players. It was a real treat for our athletes to "run the bases" following the game. The O Heroes program has afforded a great opportunity for the U of O athletes and our Special Olympics athletes to get to know each other."