Supporting former University of Oregon athletes
and giving back to their local communities.
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Our mission is to further student-athletes' exceptional experience at the University of Oregon by providing them an organization that will help with their transition to becoming alumni through mentorship and networking opportunities and then fostering those relationships into lifetime engagements as Ducks through social events, career opportunities, reunions, informative communication and more to let them know they will always be an integral part of the Oregon Athletics family.
Any former student-athlete that was on an Oregon team roster for at least one game/competition during a season, as well as coaches and managers.
The current funding for the Oregon Athlete Foundation is coming from its founder, Michael DeLaGrange, in the form of a large private donation. Our ongoing funding model is primarily dependent on outside donations and sponsorships.
We require all of our Board Members to make donations to our organization annually in addition to volunteering their time. No salaries or compensation is provided to our officers, directors, board members or support staff; expect for a small commission for our full-time Executive Director Jeff Eberhart*. This commission is only earned when he personally brings in donations or sponsorships. The more donations and sponsorships we bring in the more impact we will have achieving our mission! Our organization is solely focused on helping former University of Oregon Athletes and their local communities. Transparency is something we feel is critical for our organization and for any nonprofit. We will be posting a financial overview every year to our website so everyone can see where we spend our funds and how effective we have been!
*Jeff Eberhart was hired to be our full-time Executive Director. His responsibilities include: building and maintaining our database for every UO sport, communicating to the membership (in-person meetings, phone calls, e-mails, social media), facilitating our job placement and networking programs, coordinating and organizing our events, raising funds and being the point person and liaison for all former UO athletes and related UO groups.
Oregon Athlete Foundation is a 501c3 Tax Exempt Nonprofit Tax ID# 81-2482516
While attending the UO from 1986 to 1991, Jeff was a player-manager for two years for the Club Baseball team before graduating with degrees in Journalism and English. Jeff worked for the UO’s College of Education for a few years before working with college athletes as a Media Services intern in the Athletic Department in 1998. His passion for working with student-athletes continued to grow. From 2001 to 2008, Jeff worked in the football office, with the last two years as the Recruiting Coordinator working closely with the players, coaches and potential student-athletes. In 2008, Jeff was hired in the Duck Athletic Fund as a fundraiser. It was there he saw the need to reach out to all former athletes in an effort to keep them engaged with the school they bled for. After eight years in the DAF, Jeff moved to CA and married the girl of his dreams, but his passion of taking care of Oregon’s former student-athletes never left him. Now as the Executive Director of the Oregon Athlete Foundation, Jeff uses his experience and knowledge gained from 18 years of serving potential, current and former student-athletes to help run one of the best alumni groups in the country.
Michael grew up a Duck fan in the small town of Grants Pass, Oregon. In 2000, he was awarded a football scholarship and started over 30 games during his career as an Oregon Duck. As his lifelong goal of playing in the NFL began to take shape, his father passed away unexpectedly in 2004. Michael moved back home to Grants Pass to help his family run his father’s insurance business instead of pursuing his NFL career. After returning home, Michael married his college sweetheart and had two children, both diehard Duck fans from birth. After several years of growing the family agency, Michael decided to pursue an innovative format for selling insurance, making insurance more accessible, easy to buy and cool. In 2012, Insurance Lounge was born as the country’s first interactive retail insurance store. To date, there are 4 locations throughout Oregon, with big plans for rapid expansion and growth in the coming years.
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