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Oregon Marching Band at Spirit Tee Unveiling

photo by Eric Breitenstein

In 2003, the first ever Spirit Tee was released. The goal was to fill the stands with fans in Oregon colors, so a yellow shirt that read “Lightning Strikes” in green letters was released, with $1 from each shirt benefiting the Oregon Marching Band and Cheerleaders. Nita Nickell, Assistant Director for Brand Management at the University of Oregon, has been part of the Spirit Tee process since the beginning, and shares her inside perspective on the growth of the project.

Nickell says the Lightning Strikes tee was very well received by fans, but Brand Management, the University of Oregon Alumni Association and The Duck Store wanted to find a way to make the slogan selection process more fun for fans. Since 2004 fans have been submitting their slogan ideas, and each year we receive more than 2,000 entries from fans across the country, with winners from as far away as Tennessee and Georgia — the Tennessee winner even flew out to participate in the unveiling of the slogan that year!

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We Are Ducks

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For Ducks there’s little else that gets the blood pumping more than the start of Oregon football. Duck fans come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life, and through everything our love for Oregon shines through.

There are millions of us across the globe. Some of us have been Ducks since the day we were born, and many became Ducks when they started at the University of Oregon. We are farmers, nurses, students, parents and everything in between. No two fans are exactly alike, and we have all the Duck gear you need to express your love for the team your own way.

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Presenting the Bach Boutique

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Since 1970 Eugene, and the University of Oregon, has been the home base of the Oregon Bach Festival. This multi-week festival celebrates the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as numerous other classical composers, and in recent years has included non-Bach related programs by contemporary artists. Just last week, Storm Large  performed with the OBF orchestra in a one-of-a-kind show that ended with her belting out “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

The festival offers entertainment for everyone, from the classical performances fans come from all over the world to see and hear, to the new additions that mix classical with contemporary for a fun introduction to the style, including family friendly performances next weekend by the Canadian Brass and harmonica master Joe Powers.

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Marathon Weekend in Track Town, USA.

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Photo credit: Caitlin Estes

Photo credit: Caitlin Estes

This time of year Eugene really lives up to it’s nickname, Track Town, USA. Eugene Marathon weekend has been a highlight for 8 years now, and this year it’s extra special as the Oregon Twilight Meet kicks things off at 3:00 p.m. at Hayward Field today.

If you made it to Eugene early, get to the Oregon Twilight Meet to watch Team Eaton; Ashton Eaton will run the Men’s 100 and 400 Meters, and Brianne Thiesen-Eaton will run the Women’s 200m. A handful of other Olympians will be racing as well, including Andrew Wheating in the Men’s 800m (his first race at Hayward since 2013), Geena Gall-Lara in the Women’s 1500m and Bryshon Nellum in the Men’s 400m. Kids 12 and under are free, so take the family out for an incredible evening of Track and Field events at Hayward!

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Rundown Of Oregon Ducks In The 2015 NFL Draft

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cheer photo by Chris Davis

It seems like the fanfare surrounding the NFL draft increases every year. Shortly after free agency it marks the beginning of the roster building process for NFL Coaches and GMs. Perhaps most importantly, it’s a moment when every fan of every team can be excited about the new young talent coming into their organization. Anyone could be the next Tom Brady (drafted in the 6th round), or Richard Sherman (5th round). Will any of our outgoing Ducks fill that role? Here’s a rundown of Ducks entering the NFL draft, and where they’re expected to go*.

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University of Oregon to Erect Statues of Famous Alumni Ty Burrell and Neil Everett at Autzen Stadium Entrance

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Photo: Andrew Seng/Emerald

Photo: Andrew Seng/Emerald

Always on the cutting edge of fan experience, the University of Oregon has announced plans for a new series of statues to be erected at the South entrance of Autzen Stadium, intended to encourage more game day selfies. The new works will bear the likeness of some of the University’s most famous alumni, with an emphasis on those in the entertainment industry.

Who will be the first to go up? Modern Family’s Ty Burrell, and SportsCenter’s Neil Everett.

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Ducks Meet Buffs In Pac-12 Tourney Quarterfinals

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Photo: Ryan Kang / Emerald

Photo: Ryan Kang / Emerald

When: Thursday, March 12th
Tip Off: 6PM PST
Where: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Media: Pac 12 Network

It’s deja vu all over again; the Ducks have gone from a seemingly unlikely NCAA tournament team to a near lock to make the field of 64 in the final two weeks of the season. Late season success seems to be a mark of the Dana Altman-coached Ducks, managing to navigate the “on the bubble” label in each of the last three seasons while successfully backing their way into the tournament.

Now that the Ducks appear to have joined the big dance thanks to their regular season success, attention turns to post-season play beginning with the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. The first match up will be tonight against the Colorado Buffaloes who knocked off our in-state rival Beavers in a back-and-forth affair last night in the first round.

As far as tonight’s match up goes, look no further than Askia Booker and Josh Scott as the catalysts and leading minute-getters for this [...]
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Spirit Tees: Funding Oregon’s marching band and cheerleaders

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In 2003 The Duck Store began selling Spirit Tees so fans would have a fun, inexpensive shirt while supporting the marching band and cheerleaders with $1 from each shirt going to their programs.
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Since their beginning in 2003, Spirit Tees have earned $187,283 for the University of Oregon Marching Band and Cheer Program. This money helps fund trips to away games, new gear and everything needed to have a successful program.

Each year we have a contest asking fans to share their ideas with us to come up with the new Spirit Tee slogan. The winning idea earns the creator a pair of season tickets, a $200 Duck Store gift card and, of course, one of the tees with their slogan. It’s always hard to choose a single slogan and we have a blast seeing what fans come up with.

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Catching Up With Men’s Basketball Before Tonight’s Arizona Matchup

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Photo: Ryan Kang / Emerald

Photo: Ryan Kang / Emerald

It’s about this time every year that the collective University of Oregon fanbase comes out of our deep football-induced coma. It takes a moment, but we rub our eyes, yawn, pour a bowl of cereal and then say “OH YEA! BASKETBALL!” If you’re like me, then your 2015 basketball moment happened sometime on Sunday after thumbing through your respective sports scores and news smartphone application to find that the Ducks took down the Bruins in rout-like fashion the night before. Just like that your metaphorical football season wounds began to heal and regenerate X-men style.

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Relief Nursery Book Drive: Thank You!

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cheer photo by Chris Davis

Over the holiday season, The Duck Store hosted a book drive at its Eugene stores that benefited the Eugene/Springfield Relief Nursery. Relief Nursery is a non-profit child abuse and neglect prevention agency proven to strengthen high-risk families and keep young children safe. We’re happy to say we collected 528 books for them to add to their collection! Thank you to everyone who donated!

IMG_8175The Duck Store’s Senior Team Leader, Brian Wright, stands with Relief Nursery’s Director of Community Engagement, Angelynn Pierce, before moving about 300 books into the Relief Nursery.

We delivered the books to Relief Nursery last week, and they were overwhelmed by the community’s generosity. According to Angelynn Pierce, Relief Nursery’s Director of Community Engagement, this donation is, “by far, the largest single book donation Relief Nursery has ever had!” These books will be used in a variety of ways — as gifts, in classes, and some will be added to the Nursery’s small library.

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