The Play It Forward Award celebrates Oregon high school and college students and nonprofits committed to getting kids active
March 2016 : Play It Forward Award Winners
Deion Mock, Lewis & Clark College:
Deion Mock is a Senior at Lewis & Clark College with a passion for Athletics. In his time as a Pioneer, he’s played both Football and Track & Field, specializing in Pole Vault while working toward his Engineering degree. For the last two years, he has also trained middle school and high school Tennis athletes through Portland High Performance Tennis. Though outside his specific sport expertise, Deion helps out once a week by teaching proper sprint form and putting the young athletes through agility training. Deion is the kind of coach and mentor that kids dream about. His winning attitude is contagious and he’s always the first to jump in and help his teammates or students succeed, both on and off the field.
Gavin Begay, Madras High School:
Gavin Begay is a Senior at Madras High School balancing Varsity Football, Basketball and Pow-wow dancing and drumming. A member of the Warm Springs Youth Council, Gavin has also volunteered to umpire and referee youth basketball tournaments at the Community Center and the Kiwanis youth basketball league in the Warm Springs community for the last few years.. When he is not officiating, Gavin is often seen in the dugout of his dad’s Warm Springs Nation Little League Baseball team. He is always willing to support the team, facility needs, practice drills or cheer on the players. Truly exemplifying a Play It Forward winner, Gavin also spends time at the Warm Springs Boys & Girls Club assisting with after-school gym activities.
March 2016 : Play It Forward Award Fund Recipient
Mini Mermaid Running Club – Ashland, Oregon
With a focus on Ashland and the schools within it, the Mini Mermaid Running Club and Young Tritons Running Club (called MMRC collectively), is a unique running club for girls and boys ages 5-15 . In collaboration with schools and after-school programs, the volunteer coaches of MMRC lead small groups through a thoughtful curriculum that gives these youth a chance to fall in love with running while getting active and experiencing the satisfaction of crossing a finish line. The MMRC goal is to provide boys and girls from low-income families with strategies to combat feelings of insecurity and tools to build self-kindness, to empower them to make better choices in the future.