This spring, members of Oregon State’s football team gave back to the community that cheers them on each fall. Through a fitness series partnership between Oregon State’s Beyond Football program and the Benton District’s Cub Scout troops, players became role models for boys in first through fifth grade.
The fitness series, which included four sessions at elementary schools in Corvallis and Philomath, allowed Oregon State players to share fitness tips, provide advice on dealing with the competitive atmosphere of sports, demonstrate the importance of warmups and cooldowns and offer a glimpse into their gameday preparation, including motivational cheers. Between eight and 10 Oregon State players participated in each event.
Eric Niemann, Troop 161 cubmaster, told The Philomath Express that exposing the Cub Scouts to various activities ranging from the fire department’s open house to visiting the local ROTC unit to working with football players is very inspiring.
“Each of those offer positive male role models that young kids can look up to and possibly aspire to become,” he says.
Beyond Football encourages professional development through volunteerism and experiences in the community that expand players’ worldview and way of thinking. All athletes are required to complete off-field tasks that empower, engage or prepare them to be successful, academically and socially.
For more information on Oregon State’s Beyond Football program, visit osubeavers.com.