Pac-12 Launches Legacy Program

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 onJanuary 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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