Student Athletes

March 9, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. -

Remember when you were a kid and your favorite sports hero was in town. Maybe he or she came by your grade school and talked about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, or read to the class, or maybe demonstrated some athletic skills.


For several Corvallis elementary school children that day was last week when 17 Beaver student-athletes participated in the 'Read Across America' event, sponsored by the National Education Association.  The event is in its 12th year and focuses on motivating children to read, in addition to helping them master basic skills.  It also coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss.


'It was awesome -- Seuss's rhymes and the smell of glue sticks and markers really brought me back,' football student-athlete Taylor Kavanaugh said.  'Good times'


The event was just several hours of the thousands of hours of community service that Oregon State student-athletes participate in every year.


'It's amazing to see our student-athletes return from a community service event and rave about the experience,' OSU Associate Athletic Director/NCAA CHAMPS Lifeskills Program Director Linda Johnson said.  'What our student-athletes find is what they give of their time, they receive in return tenfold.  It becomes infectious for our student-athletes and participation grows.'


Oregon State Athletics encourages community support through its Lifeskills program. If you would like more information contact Johnson at


'The kids had a wonderful day,' Sunrise Elementary School teacher Danae Stanfield said. 'Taylor (Kavanaugh), Johnny Hekker (football), Drew Wilkerson (rowing) and Patrick Kohan (rowing) were our heroes for the day!'


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