University of Wisconsin-Stout

Oct. 24, 2011

UW-Stout athletes and the Blue Devil mascot pitched in to help a local elementary school raise money.

The Oaklawn Acorn Dash, a fun run, was held Saturday, Oct. 15, in Menomonie to benefit Oaklawn School, on the cityís east side.

Three menís hockey players and three womenís basketball players attended a school assembly the day before the event, and hockey and womenís gymnastics athletes conducted clinics the day of the event for more than 300 children. The athletes also volunteered along the race course while wearing team gear.

In addition the Blue Devil mascot, unveiled earlier this month, cheered on racers, danced for the crowd and won the Acorn Dash mascot race.

The university donated four items to the eventís raffle: A family membership to the indoor climbing wall and signed hockey, basketball and gymnastics jerseys.

The approximately 450 Blue Devil athletes do community service work throughout the school year, including mentoring and tutoring at elementary schools, clean-up projects, working with Special Olympics and helping nonprofit organizations.