Portland, Ore., June 12, 2017 – Learfield Communications hosted the 4th Annual CLYDES Ceremony and awarded “Best Overall Performance” to Unitus Community Credit Union and Oregon State University (OSU) for their inaugural Dream Come True program. The program was selected amongst 120 other schools across all sports at the Ceremony, which took place on May 10, 2017 at the Glass Cactus in Grapevine, Texas.
The Dream Come True program kicked off in 2016, when Unitus and OSU partnered to give back to the community. The program was built to fulfill the wish of a child, battling a serious or chronic illness, for every OSU Beaver home football game during the season. Eligible children were nominated through an online process on the OSU Beavers’ website and 7 children were selected in total.
Each child experienced the following:
- Invitation to visit the final walk-through at Reser Stadium on Friday before each home game to meet the team and coaching staff
- Seats in the luxury club seating area for immediate family
- Pre-game sideline passes for the participant and plus-one to watch the team take the field
- A signed OSU Football by the Beavers
- Personalized game jersey
- On-field recognition during the game (optional)
This ultimate fan experience extended beyond the regular season to include a reunion event during the OSU Spring Football game on March 18, 2017. The team invited all 2016 wish recipients back to Reser Stadium for a luncheon, time with Coach Gary Andersen, and fun with the football players on the field before kickoff.
After the program’s award-winning launch in 2016, both Unitus and OSU Athletics expect 2017 to be even better, expanding the Dream Come True to Beaver men’s and women’s basketball games. “On behalf of Oregon State Athletics, we are honored to continue our partnership with Unitus for this meaningful endeavor,” said Beaver Vice President/Director of Athletics Scott Barnes. “Our student-athletes, coaches and staff are proud to embrace these families and make lifetime memories.”
Dream Come True is just one of many examples exhibiting Unitus’ mission to give back to the communities they serve and focus on their core principle of “People Helping People.” For more information about the Dream Come True Program, visit www.osubeavers.com/dreamcometrue.
About Beyond Football:
Oregon State Athletics’ Beyond Football program aims to provide Oregon State Football student-athletes with an integrated, personally meaningful educational experience that equips them with a strong sense of self, understanding of civic engagement and the tools to succeed as productive
professionals and global citizens. Thanks to the generous support of an Oregon State University alumnus, the Beyond Football program is redefining the model for student-athlete development through the creation and implementation of a new, holistic approach that is tailored to the unique personal and professional development goals of each student-athlete. Through the Beyond Football program, the Oregon State Football team has volunteered more than 1,800 hours at 70 events since Head Coach Gary Andersen’s arrival.
About Beaver Sports Properties
Beaver Sports Properties is Learfield’s local, dedicated team solely representing Oregon State University. In complete collaboration with the university, Learfield is committed to extending the affinity of the Beavers’ brand to businesses and corporations of all sizes looking to align with the undeniably loyal and passionate collegiate fan base. As OSU Athletics’ exclusive multimedia rights holder, Beaver Sports Properties manages all aspects of the rights relationship, providing corporate partners both traditional and new media opportunities with the university in which to bolster their own brand and garner maximum exposure.
About Unitus Community Credit Union
Unitus Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution serving people living or working in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Benton, Columbia, Deschutes, Douglas, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Linn and Lane counties in Oregon and the state of Washington. Additional information about Unitus is available at www.unitusccu.com or by calling (800) 452-0900.