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Showtime Student-Athlete Talent Show Set For May 5
Release Date: 04/09/2013
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EUGENE, Ore. -- The third annual Showtime Student-Athlete Talent Show is set for Sunday, May 5 with a 5 p.m. (PT) start time at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. All 19 of UO’s sports teams are scheduled to participate in the two-hour event.

Admission is $5 with all proceeds going back into the Eugene / Springfield community through future O Heroes-related service events. Tickets are available for purchase online at The Matt Arena box office opens at 3:30 p.m. and the arena doors will open at 4 p.m. the day of the show.

The event is made up of both live performances and previously recorded video entries with a winner selected for both categories. The video entries are played on the Knight Vision video board.

This year’s video submissions will come from the following UO teams: baseball, softball, lacrosse, volleyball, men’s golf, women’s golf and women’s basketball. The rest of the teams will compete in the live performance category.

Football players Carlyle Garrick and Boseko Lokombo will serve as the masters of ceremony for Showtime 2013.

The contest will be judged by a five-person panel. Oregon football coach Mark Helfrich and former UO track standout and U.S. Olympian Andrew Wheating will be joined by Paul Shang (Dean of Students), Kim Terrell (Associate Director for Athletic Medicine) and Jennifer Jackson (Academic Advisor).

The 2012 Showtime Student-Athlete Talent Show was a huge success. The event, held for the first time at Matthew Knight Arena, had record attendance and raised $2,290 for the O Heroes program. Click here for links to videos of all the teams performances.

The Oregon men’s golf team won for the best video submission. The video included cameos from many UO athletes from the football, lacrosse, track & field and cheer teams, in conjunction with appearances by UO Athletic Department coaches, staff and alumni.

In the live performance category, football secured first place with their act featuring players performing dances that reflected the region they come from. From the ho-down to the dougie to the Haka, the football team expressed the diverse backgrounds that make up their team.

In addition to athlete performances, the event included other on-stage recognitions for the program’s community partners.

Throughout the year, O Heroes will assist with a number of community service requests. Below are a pair of upcoming service events on the calendar:

• “O”lympics -- Wednesday, May 1:
For the second straight year O Heroes and the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Valley will host an “O”lympics competition. Over 40 UO student-athletes will be in attendance to team-up with members from the BGC and its supporters. The groups will split up and compete in a series of competitions which include: relay races, a spelling bee, a trivia competition and a tug of war in addition to many other fun events.

• Quackin’ Action -- Sunday, May 19:
O Heroes will host its 16th annual Quackin’ Action Community Service Event at the Moshofsky Center. Over 100 UO student-athletes will promote values on “How to Be a Good Duck” with approximately 300 elementary school students from the Springfield school district. The UO student-athletes will host five work stations which focus on the following: sportsmanship, nutrition, fitness, safety and teamwork.

The O Heroes program continues to raise funds for Samaritan’s Feet as part of a local initiative to outfit Lane County youth with socks and shoes.

O Heroes’ main goal is to have all proceeds impact the Eugene/Springfield community. In order for all proceeds to remain local, O Heroes must raise at least $7,500 by the end of the spring quarter. If O Heroes can raise that amount, UO student-athletes will hand deliver brand new shoes and socks to as many as 500 impoverished children in the Lane County.

If O Heroes falls short of the $7,500 goal, the proceeds raised will go to the national initiative. The fund raising is ongoing and comes to a close in June. People can donate online by clicking here or by donating directly to O Heroes (C/o Judy Sheldon, 1615 E13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401). All donations are tax deductible.

Samaritan’s Feet is a national nonprofit {501(c)3} which was founded by former NCAA Div. I men’s basketball player, Manny Ohonme. Samaritan’s Feet serves the impoverished in over 62 countries around the world and has placed new shoes and socks on the feet of more than 4 million children.

This year, the NCAA Div. I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has affiliated itself with Samaritan’s Feet. Both organizations strive to have every Division I program involved with the effort.

Samaritan’s Feet has partnered with the NCAA for the last six years at the men’s Final Four where thousands of pairs of shoes have been distributed to impoverished families in the host city. Samaritan’s Feet is also an official charity of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)

Maggie Kovacs (LAX / SAAC) and Sarah Andrews (CC / T&F / SAAC) are a pair of student-athletes who are helping to lead the local movement for O Heroes.

Nearly 300 million people around the world go without shoes each day and millions are plagued with foot-borne illnesses that may be preventable by simple protection – shoes. Samaritan’s Feet -- a 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization -- has a mission to raise enough funding to put 10 million pairs of shoes of 10 million children in the next 10 years.

This cause was introduced to the college athletics mainstream in November of 2007 when Samaritan’s Feet asked IUPUI basketball coach Ron Hunter to lead the Barefoot Coaching Movement by going without shoes and socks during a game.

This year, staffs from the UO lacrosse and acrobatics & tumbling programs will join coaches from around the nation by going barefoot at a home event.

O Heroes hosted the Connecting Community Heroes (CCH) event in Jaqua 101 on Sunday, Feb. 9. The event, put on in conjunction with the Jamii Moja foundation, hosted three influential and progressive Maasai tribespeople from Kenya: Chief Salaton, Warrior/ Elder Sabore and Female Activist Hellen.

Event moderators Carson York (FB) and Kayla Glanville led the afternoon’s panel discussion that gave student-athletes, various UO campus organizations, and the Maasai guests the opportunity to collaborate ideas and experiences regarding global leadership, social change and cultural evolutions.

Over the past year, O Heroes and Student-Athlete Development have been expanding their efforts to international platforms. In addition to local community service initiatives, O Heroes built basketball courts in the Dominican Republic last summer and will head to Peru to build more courts this June.

Chief Salaton Ole’ Ntutu: Chief Salaton is a highly respected visionary and innovative chief in Kenya. He brings the skills he has learned from seven years in the safari into his daily life as a regional tribal chief. He advocates for education, health sanitation and conservation projects.

As a mentor to young Maasai warriors and women, he is a strong supporter of girls’ education. Chief Salaton helps provide boarding school scholarships for young girls, and he maintains a residential shelter on his land in Maji Moto for women with AIDS, rescued girls, and widows.

Hellen Nkuraiya: Hellen Nkuraiya is a Maasai pioneer for girls’ education and prevention of female genital mutilation (FGM). She dedicates her life to the education, health and well being of Maasai girls and women. A tireless advocate for girls’ education, she has established two widows’ villages and has rescued and educated numerous girls. In 2009, Nkuraiya was chosen from a select group of local women to attend the Women Leaders for the World program (WLW) held at Santa Clara University in California. Nkuraiya is the Founder and Director of Enkiteng Lepa School in Maji Moto.

Sabore Oyie: As a Maasai Warrior & Elder, Sabore Oyie has paved the way for his brothers and sisters to attend school. The eldest of 17 children, he credits the influence of his grandmother and the inspiration and sacrifices of his mother for teaching him the importance of female education.

Oyie paved the way for his brothers and sisters to attend school, and he is currently the guardian for his youngest sister. As the next generation of Maasai leadership, he travels the globe working with governments and NGOS to promote equal treatment of girls in Kenya.

More about Jamii Moja foundation: The Jamii Moja foundation is a 100 percent volunteer driven 501 (c) 3 organization that seeks to enable African communities to improve their quality of life through scholarships, maintenance of the Enkiteng Lepa School and Food program, various medical programs, nature conservancy and more.

Amanda Delgado, a sophomore on the Oregon women’s basketball team, has been recognized as the most recent Hero of the Week. A native to Las Vegas, Nev., Delgado is pursuing a degree in digital arts.

Delgado has played an active role in serving the Eugene/Springfield community. Her dedication to giving back has made a positive impact on area youth.

Over the few years, she has volunteered at numerous O Heroes events including: Battle of the Books, KIDSPORTS Invitational and the O Heroes Thanksgiving Basket Drive. Her enthusiasm for giving back is an inspiration to fellow student-athletes and community members.

After graduation, Delgado aspires to play overseas, and start her career in graphic design. In addition, she plans to help coach kids and remain active within the community.

The Hero of the Week selections are made by O Heroes student directors Maggie Kovacs (LAX) and Lauren Plum (VB).

2012-13 Hero of the Week Listing
The following is a list of student-athletes who have been recognized as Hero of the Week during the 2012-13 seasons:

Ashley Inman (LAX) - Sept. 27
Grant Thompson (FB) - Oct. 11
Maddy Mercier (WSOC) - Oct. 25
Marcus Mariota (FB) - Nov. 2
English Gardner (T&F) - Nov. 9
David Wylie (BSB) - Nov. 29
Allie Woodward (T&F/CC) - Dec. 6
Maggie Kovacs (LAX) - Jan. 10
Noah Sheikh (MGOLF) - Jan. 17
Naomi Hoffman (A&T) - Jan. 24
Dustin Haines (FB) - Jan. 31
Lauren Plum (VB) - Feb. 7
Robin Cambier (MTEN) - Feb. 14
Kendall Brooke (WSOC) - Feb. 21
Carlyle Garrick (FB) - Feb. 28
Lena Macomson (WTEN) - March 8
Kenny Bassett (FB) - March 13
Amanda Delgado (WBB) - April 4

2011-12 Hero of the Week Listing
Last year, O Heroes began profiling student-athletes who were particularly active in serving the community.

The following is a list of student-athletes who were recognized as Hero of the Week during the 2011-12 seasons:

• Jessica Drummond (LAX) - Jan. 24
Amanda Johnson (WBB) - Feb. 1
James Scales (FB) - Feb. 6
Michael Clay (FB) - Feb. 15
Chynna Miley (WBB) - Feb. 23
Alaina Bergsma (VB) - March 1
Boseko Lokombo (FB) - March 7
Erin Block (A&T) - April 18
Trudie du Toit (WTEN) - April 25
Kenjon Barner (FB) - May 21

The Duck Cup is an O Heroes competition between all teams that effectively encompasses the major areas of student-athlete life. These areas include academic excellence, athletic excellence, personal development, career development and community service. Past winners include: 2009-10 Lacrosse, 2010-11 Soccer and 2011-12 Acrobatics & Tumbling.

Teams are awarded points based on each category’s criteria (see Point System on page 5 for more details). The 2012-13 standings through the fall quarter are listed below.

2012-13 Duck Cup Team Totals
(1) Lacrosse-412.8; (2) Acro & Tumbling-405; (3) Soccer-219.5; (4) Women’s Golf-211.6; (5) Women’s Tennis-161; (6) Women’s Basketball-154.6; (7) Men’s Tennis-111.6; (8) Football-101.3; (9) Softball-53; (10) Volleyball-34.7; (11) Women’s Track & Field-34.7; (12) Baseball-17.6; (13) Men’s Track & Field-13.8; (14) Men’s Basketball-13.2; (15) Men’s Golf-11.4.

Members of the UO lacrosse and soccer teams made a visit to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend on Sunday, Feb. 3. The O Heroes volunteers decorated the pediatric center to make it a nicer environment for the patients. O Heroes visits the pediatric center on a quarterly basis.

O Heroes volunteers were at the Polar Plunge held Saturday, Feb. 2 at Maurie Jacobs Park in Eugene. The Polar Plunge is an event where individuals, organizations and businesses jump, walk or slowly crawl into frigid Oregon waters. Participants were required to raise a minimum of $50 (through sponsors) with proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Oregon.

Dance Marathon, one of the university’s biggest philanthropic events of the year, received support from the O Heroes community on Saturday, January 26. Student-athletes acted as judges for the competition portion of the event. Dance Marathon is an all-day event put on annually by Oregon’s Fraternity and Sorority Life and Children’s Miracle Network. This year participants raised $24,137 to help support children and their families while receiving care at local hospitals.

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, O Heroes visited Gilham Elementary School to read to students. UO student-athlete volunteers consisted of Kendall Brooke (WSOC), Robin Cambier (MTEN) and Sarah Andrews (CC/TF). The O Heroes spent a couple of hours reading books that were selected by Gilham students.

O Heroes donated their time to the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Valley (BGC) in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Student-athletes from the lacrosse, volleyball, football and women’s basketball teams spent the afternoon doing crafts, playing games and working on homework with local BGC members. The lacrosse team presented a check to the BGC in the amount of $1,523.07. That money was raised from work they did through the Autzen Green Team Tailgate Recycling Program. During home football games this past season, lacrosse players worked to educate and engage Duck fans about the value and importance of recycling, while providing a convenient method of disposal.

After spending time with some of the volunteers from O Heroes, youth members of the BGC decided to host a Football Appreciation Day to recognize the success of this year’s 2012 team. BGC members sent out hand-made invitations to the players. The social was held on Jan. 25 and over 25 football players attended the pizza party.

On Jan. 21, O Heroes joined forces with UO’s Duck Corps for “MLK Day On!” Over 400 UO student volunteers came out from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. to help improve the building conditions at Willamette High School. Twenty-five student-athletes participated with the encouragement of Lauren Plum (VB), who acted as the O Heroes point person and helped coordinate efforts between O Heroes, Duck Corps, and WHS’s Willamette Pride.

O Heroes wrapped up the fall quarter community service events with a jam-packed month of November. O Heroes volunteers hosted Animal Shelter Day at Greenhill Humane Society, hosted their third-annual “Bowling Night” with Special Olympics Oregon, coordinated involvement with the men’s health movement of Movember, all while providing Thanksgiving baskets for families in Lane County.

Animal Shelter Day kicked-off the weekly service partnership for O Heroes volunteers at Greenhill Humane Society. Several UO student-athletes spend time on a weekly basis at Greenhill, where volunteers help walk, run and play with the animals in an effort to help make them more adoptable. Twenty-five UO student-athletes from nine different sports volunteered for the event. Volunteers were from the following teams: Lacrosse (11), Softball (3), Soccer (3), Football (2), Women’s Basketball (2), Baseball (1), Track & Field (1), Tennis (1), Men’s Golf (1).

The third-annual “Bowling Night” with Special Olympics Oregon drew over 30 student-athletes from seven different sports. The event -- which was held at Emerald Lanes in Eugene -- featured O Heroes volunteers teaming up to bowl games with Special Olympians from Oregon.

Many UO coaches, student-athletes and support staff grew mustaches in affiliation with Movember which helps create awareness for men’s health. Each November, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of mustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. In all, UO Athletics had 62 members participate in the 2012 Movember movement.

Also in November was the annual O Heroes Thanksgiving Basket Drive. O Heroes gathered 61 Thanksgiving baskets and raised another $700 through their volunteer work. Initially, O Heroes -- with St. Vincent de Paul -- aimed to collect 50 food baskets to distribute throughout the community.

This past November, O Heroes collected 240 sports bras for female athletes in West Ambrym, Pacific Islands through their month-long Support Sport initiative. The drive was led by Brooke Strawn, a freshman on the women’s soccer team, who recognized female athletes’ need for sports bras on the island.

Over winter break, Strawn flew to West Ambrym to meet with her sister Kristen Strawn, an Oregon alum and active Peace Corps member, and they surprised the village women with the collected sports bras. Upon arrival at the village, they were greeted by the chief. Brooke Strawn was honored at a ceremonial thank you celebration called salu-salu. After the ceremony, they first distributed the sports bras to the island’s female soccer team and then to the remaining village girls and women.

The sports bras that the Lane County community donated to the Support Sport initiative enabled the female athletes of West Ambrym to participate in sports more comfortably and enhanced the everyday lives of the village women as a whole.

O Heroes Program Director Judy Sheldon and the University of Oregon 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.

Wei -- who spent three weeks in Eugene -- also worked with the many different departments within Oregon Athletics (administration, compliance, athletic communications, marketing, facilities).

The mentoring program was originated as part of an effort to empower women and girls through sports. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and ESPN President John Skipper announced in June 2012 the creation of the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program.

Over 25 O Heroes volunteers braved the cold and damp conditions in the early morning of Sunday, Oct. 21 to assist in the annual Susan G. Komen Eugene Race For The Cure. Many of the student-athletes’ volunteer shifts began as early as 6 a.m. The O Heroes contingency helped the race’s organizers by checking in participants prior to the start of their races, gave out t-shirts and running bibs to each participant, served at water stations and assisted as course monitors throughout the race.

The Oregon Acrobatics and Tumbling program 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.

O Heroes is a philanthropic organization run by UO student-athletes. The goal for O Heroes is to create a collective organization that can positively impact Oregon, specifically the Eugene/Springfield community. The student-athletes’ efforts are a way of thanking the fans and the community for their continued support of UO Athletics. Generally the type of volunteer work includes participating in youth services, hospital visits, working with underprivileged groups, and overall community development.

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 Lane County communities. O Heroes has started fundraising initiatives 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.

O Heroes has partnered with Snoball, a social media-focused fundraising platform, and Malka Diamonds and Jewelry, 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. More available at

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.

UO student-athletes will travel to Peru June 15-23 for the 2013 Student-Athlete Development International Service Trip.

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

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