Welcome to Youth Movement 2018!
UO Youth Movement 2018 is back and ready to fuel a lifelong movement of inspiring kids through sport, education and community. Last year, we hosted Native American middle school students and used sport as a tool to show them the power of education in their own communities.
Last year’s field day was another success. Participating tribes and Native Youth celebrated their cultures while playing Native games and looking forward to the future. But it’s never enough for us. This year, we want to exemplify how that one day doesn’t make the movement, but merely fuels it. We want to help these kids set an example for the generations after them and it starts with us.
Join us this year as Youth Movement continues and starts the chain of events to create a real impact in the Native community. Follow us as we continue to empower youth and inspire them to change the world.
If you do it, they do it. Watch us this year as we #StartTheChain.
This was only ever supposed to be a day of service at the NAYA Early College Academy.
I’ll never forget the night before that first Field Day event back in 2012 -- laying out all the teams cards on my apartment floor trying to perfect how the groups would flow from station to station. We had spent the last two months slinging baked goods and learning Photoshop trying to put together something that might inspire a few students using the power of sport.
I often recall the story about a student named David who received the MVP award, which we named after Jim Thorpe that year. He decided to make an acceptance speech in front of his whole school. He talked about how excited he was, and how much fun he had, and he concluded his speech by saying, “I can’t wait for next year.” That’s really the moment when the Movement started.
For the last 7 years all I have been trying to do is help a few more students like David get excited for next year. I could have never in my wildest dreams imagined that this thing would be at eight Universities including one up in Canada. I could never have imagined that it would one day be a 501c3 non-profit. I could never have imagined that we’d have a scholarship fund of which former participants would go on to be future Field event pioneers and leaders at their own Universities.
While I continue to always be surprised with what next year brings I truly believe that this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what is possible. We are using sport to build a platform that hopefully will continue to inspire youth to create and believe in their futures. The opportunity to help create that means the world to me.
Welcome to the Movement!
UO Youth Movement 2017 is back and better than ever, using the power of sport, education, and community to ignite a generation.
Last year's field day event was a huge success. Participating schools, tribes, and Native American youth had the opportunity to get active at the University of Oregon while building their communities and celebrating their cultures. We experienced how sport can empower youth and change the lives of our generations. The movement is continuing to grow and our team is excited to be on board. Stay tuned!