Pac-12's Program To Support Local Community

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EUGENE, ORE. - In conjunction with the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, the Pac-12 Conference and the University of Oregon have joined forces to launch the inaugural Pac-12 Legacy Event, creating a new technology center, reading corner and game area for the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley, it was announced today.

The Pac-12 has established the Legacy program to provide an enduring commitment to the communities throughout the Conference's footprint. Each year, the Pac-12 will partner with the school that hosts the Pac-12 Football Championship Game to support and enhance selected organizations that provide development opportunities for children in the local area.

"As a Conference, we are committed to providing learning opportunities and lasting support to the children of our communities," Scott said. "As the host city of the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game, we are excited about launching the Pac-12 Legacy program in Eugene and look forward to continuing to build the program year after year."

The O Heroes program, a non profit organization run and operated by the student-athletes at the University of Oregon, helped the Pac-12 identify the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley as the initial program to support.

"O Heroes and the University of Oregon has a longstanding relationship with the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley and we're excited that the project the Pac-12 chose to do will have a lasting impact on the group that we work so closely with," Mullens said. "It's an honor and a privilege to host the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game and we're excited Commissioner Scott and the Pac-12 will leave a legacy behind in our community,"

With new computer equipment, education software, digital cameras, video games, new furniture and fresh paint, the Pac-12, with significant participation by Oregon student-athletes and administrators, created a technology center, reading corner and EA gaming area for the children at the Boys and Girls Clubs to use. They also brought in renowned artist David Garibaldi to paint a mural inside the facility that the children will complete.

"The Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley are very excited for our Ducks to play in the Pac-12 Championship game and incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Pac-12 Conference to select our Club for a much needed makeover to our Learning Center," Interim Executive Director Kirk Strohman said. "The KidsFest hosted by the Pac-12 is going to be great fun for our youth members. Our Club has a strong relationship with UO student athletes generously serving as volunteer mentors and tutors to our members.  With the Pac-12's help we hope to demonstrate our Duck pride and show off our Club to the community as we prepare to reopen full-time on January 4."

The Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley was forced to close its doors in October due to budget shortfalls, but is in the process of raising $150,000 to support their long term programs. The Club will re-open full time January 4.

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