Each month O Heroes interviews a frequent volunteer get to know them better off the field. April’s Hero of the Month is Alison Scharkey, a sophomore defender for the Oregon lacrosse team.

A California native, Scharkey grew up playing sports and spending time outdoors. In addition to her passion for staying active, Scharkey has a keen interest in working with community youth through sports.

Over the past two years, Scharkey has served a key role in volunteering at various O Heroes events such as P.E. for Homeschoolers, Duck into a Book and Showtime, as well as weekly activities at the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley. Of all the organizations she’s involved with, her favorite activity is helping feed the homeless.

When Scharkey isn’t on the lacrosse field or working with community members, she’s in the classroom working toward a degree in public relations and a minor in business administration.

After college, Scharkey hopes to stay within the athletic community working with women and service projects.

“I would love to travel and help struggling communities and children post-grad,” said Scharkey.

Her passion for giving back is contagious, like her energy and spirit. Scharkey’s involvement throughout the Eugene and Springfield communities is inspiring, setting a great precedent for fellow student-athletes.