Ducks Give Back: Part 3; The University of Oregon women’s soccer team performed three community service events this spring. Below, freshman midfielder Caitlyn Wong catalogs her team’s final volunteer project in the third piece of a three-part series to goducks.com. Wong is a native of Sunnyvale, Calif., that missed the fall season with an injury, but returned to lead Oregon in its spring season. To read the first and second articles in the series, click the previous links.
By Caitlyn Wong
Freshman, Oregon Women’s Soccer
During a sunny afternoon on Thursday, June 5th, the Oregon women’s soccer team found their inner child through volunteering at the Adams Elementary School End of the Year Carnival. The school puts on the carnival for their students to celebrate the end of another great year. There carnival featured many games and activities, as well as food and music! The Ducks split up among the different activities to help run the stations or just to join in on the fun.
Allie Rodriguez and Lauren Holden were in charge of the necklace fishing hole. The kids would fish behind a blocked wall in hope of catching a mystery necklace. Secretly, it was Lauren behind the scenes that determined the fate of their fishing adventure. Next to the fishing hole, there was a face painting station, where Mia Gunter and others gave whatever makeover the students desired. There was also a dunk tank, an inflated obstacle course, and a tug-of-war and sack race station.
Bri Pugh and Reilley Moore also made use of the fake tattoo parlor. Nearby an intense game of kickball was forming; needless to say the Ducks brought their A-game. Zoe Higgins and Caitlyn Wong manned the Water Gun Arena. The school provided at least 30 water guns for their students to use in the ultimate water gun war. However, there must’ve been some sort of espionage occurring because somehow it seemed like the Ducks became the main targets, even though they were unarmed.
We had an awesome time at the Adams Elementary School. We were able to have fun while helping things run smoothly and making it easier for the faculty. It was great to see the kids and parents have a good time, and to be a part of their experience.
We were also able to revisit our own childhood and goof around with the kids. In fact, I think Kristen Parr was having more fun than some of the students! Helping out at the carnival was a great way to wrap up the Ducks’ spring season.