EUGENE, Ore. — 12 famous faces are returning to Eugene at the end of the month. A group of former Duck football players have joined forces in an effort to help out a local Boys and Girls Club. The Eugene chapter says it has been struggling these past few years. As the number of kids it’s helping grows, the current facility isn’t really cutting it anymore. So when two former Duck football, now current professional football players, approached the organization about their desire to help out, organizers said they were ecstatic.
“What we’re finding with the economic situation in Lane County is we’re having more and more children coming to us in need of an after-school enrichment program,” said Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Kassey Mosher. The non-profit is filled with hundreds of kids everyday after school. And each and every one of them loves being there.
Young member Christian Hernandez said, “I’m always alone at my house and there’s no one there…It has a lot of fun things to do. I can foosball and pool.”
The organization has more than 800 members and continues to grow.
“Our motto is to never turn a child away and so it is on us and our responsibility to find some way to grow our program and move into a new building and so on,” said Mosher.
But now they won’t have to do it alone. Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson and fellow NFL player and Duck football alum with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dennis Dixon, have offered help with their Dixon2Dickson Foundation.
“It’s in our hearts. I didn’t have a father figure, but I had a lot of coaches around me that took me in and were that father figure and I know that the influence around your peers is great,” said Dickson.
And Dickson hopes his influence will help these kids do big things in life.
Dickson hosted a barbecue Thursday night for the kids and their families. The inaugural fundraising event is a cocktail party and auction on April 26th, followed by a celebrity bowling party the next day.