University of Oregon student athletes are not only inspirations on the field, but they are also inspirations off the field and in the community. O Heroes, a student athlete organization servicing thousands of people through volunteer work in the Eugene/Springfield community, launched a new philanthropic event called Support Sport. O Heroes’ goal for this initiative was to promote global female participation in athletics. Through this event, O Heroes reached out into the Eugene and Springfield community to donate sports bras, which were sent directly to West Ambrym, an island located in the Pacific.
The Support Sport drive ended on Monday, November 26. Donations were taken in the form of sports bras (either brand new or lightly worn) and also as gift cards from local department stores were used to purchase new sport bras. 240 bras were collected by the end of the drive.
Brooke Strawn, a freshman forward on the Oregon’s women’s soccer team, created this drive along with her older sister, Kirsten Strawn, who is an Oregon alumni and current Peace Corp member. Inspired by her sister’s Peace Corp experiences in West Ambrym, Brooke wanted to help the women in the Pacific Islands and decided to mobilize this idea into a drive along with her fellow O Heroes.
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