Oregon Set to Launch Women In Flight Program To Support Women Athletics

February 4th, 2014 | by CollegeAD
Oregon Set to Launch Women In Flight Program To Support Women Athletics
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Oregon’s Women In Flight program is a truly unique initiative focused on the proliferation of Oregon Women athletics.

In the past ten years, the women competing for the University of Oregon have taken part in one of the most prosperous decades in history.

  • 162 All-Americans
  • 9 Team National Champions
  • 21 Individual National Champions
  • 23 Academic All-Americans

This recent success has led to increases over time in the operating budgets of UO women’s teams. Since 2002, Oregon Athletics has increased its investment in women’s programs by over 144%, bringing current spending to over $12 million dollars annually.

To help continue this growth and support increasing operating budgets, The Women In Fight program was created, and is being launched thanks to a gift from Oregon alumnus Dave Petrone and his wife, Nancy.

The idea for Oregon’s Women in Flight program was initially generated during a casual conversation between Dave Petrone and Duck Athletic Fund staff at the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. Over the next 10 months, the DAF’s senior director of development, Kim Murray, and others researched similar programs at schools including USC and Arizona State, and made a presentation of their findings in October.

The Petrones are long-time donors to both the university’s academic and athletic mission. The Patrones are also parents of three daughters that have taken a particular interest in women’s sports.

Oregon’s Women In Flight Mission

According to the initiative’s website, uowomeninflight.com, the mission in creating Women In Flight was to raise awareness and financial support with the goal of achieving and maintaining broad based excellence across all women’s programs.

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The initiative is intended to facilitate more opportunities like “The Program,” a military-style training seminar designed to strengthen team chemistry which can cost several thousand dollars per team.

Furthermore, Women in Flight could also facilitate more frequent trips overseas for women’s programs, both for competitive tours and service trips.

“My hope is that the level of awareness increases for the women’s teams,” said senior associate athletic director Lisa Peterson, the department’s senior women’s administrator. “And also that we can offer support for some things they don’t get to do annually.”

Former UO softball player and director of women’s basketball operations Janell Bergstrom Cook is returning to the athletic department in a part-time role to head the Women in Flight initiative.

The official ceremony to launch this initiative will be held at an event in Eugene on June 7, 2014.

Check out Oregon’s page for more information.

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