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Duck basketball teams raise thousands for wildfire relief efforts

The Athletic Department said they raised $17,465 for the American Red Cross Oregon Wildfire Fund.

Posted: Oct 31, 2017 6:06 AM
Updated: Oct 31, 2017 6:06 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon basketball teams played a pair of charity exhibition games Saturday morning at Matthew Knight Arena, to help bring relief to those affected by the catastrophic wildfires that impacted the State of Oregon this summer.

The women’s team played Portland State at 9:30 a.m., followed by the men’s team against Idaho at 11:00 a.m.

This was the public’s first opportunity to see both teams this season. The men’s team is coming off its first Final Four appearance since 1939, while the women return the starting five that led the Ducks to the first Elite Eight appearance in school history.

Admission to watch both exhibitions was a $10 donation to the American Red Cross Oregon Wildfire Fund. The Athletic Department said fans raised $17,465. 



The money donated on Saturday will be directed to regions damaged by fires in the state of Oregon.

“The NCAA has given us a unique opportunity to give back to our state, and we are honored to be able to do that,” said Oregon Men's Head Coach Dana Altman. “We want to encourage those fans who are coming to Eugene for the football game to come early and watch basketball for a good cause.”

“This is a great opportunity for our fans to get a look at two exciting teams,” said Oregon Women’s Head Coach Kelly Graves. “While at the same time, we are joining forces with Portland State to help with the recovery efforts in fire-damaged areas of our great state.”

For more information on how to help the Red Cross, click here. 


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