Grit and Focus Power Jesuit Defensive End
Being a high school athlete isn’t always easy. Juggling practice and games, schoolwork, family, friends and everything else takes focus; Jesuit High School senior defensive end David Bridges was more than up for the challenge this year.
Seniors Help Deliver Victory
Including David, Jesuit High School in Beaverton, Oregon had 37 seniors on the football team roster, each of whom was determined not to repeat last year’s 42-41 loss to Tigard High School in the Oregon School Activities Association Class 6A football championship quarterfinals. Training hard in the summer and during the season, on the field and in the weight room, helped the Jesuit Crusaders win the sixth state football championship in the school’s history.
Balancing School, Sports and Family
On top of three AP classes, varsity sports and making plenty of time for his family, David has worked hard to make sure everything in his life gets the attention it deserves. When asked how he juggles it all, he said, “I wouldn’t say I have a secret, but I try to manage my time as much as I can. I definitely don’t get the recommended amount of sleep every night. I guess my secret is that whatever I am doing, I give my full attention to it. If I’m at football, I’m not trying to think about my homework or my test tomorrow. If I’m doing homework, I’m not checking Instagram or watching TV.”
That ability to focus served David and the rest of his team well all season: They entered the championship game against third seed West Linn with an undefeated 14-0 record. Nevertheless, late in the fourth quarter they were trailing 14-13. But a 2-yard touchdown with 1:13 left put them over the top, 21-14.
Victory is always sweet, but doubly so when it’s hard earned. David and the Crusaders did their school proud.
Les Schwab Tire Centers is a proud sponsor of the Oregon School Activities Association.
Working with FFA Student Members to Fight Hunger
Every October, the student members of the FFA help collect as much food and funds as possible for the annual Drive Away Hunger Initiative (#DriveAwayHunger). Les Schwab stores across Oregon were able to take part in the campaign as a drop-off location for donations as well as a pick-up location for special collection bags.
This year’s initiative brought in 456,546 pounds of food. That’s enough to provide 342,420 meals to deserving families.
The Oregon Food Bank has seen a 40% increase in demand for emergency food boxes since 2008. That steady increase is why FFA student members work so hard every year to help collect food and funds. With their motto of “learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve,” the more than 6,500 Oregon FFA members are doing their part to end hunger. Their hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed. Les Schwab locations throughout Oregon look forward to helping again next year.
Recognizing High School Sports Excellence
Les Schwab is proud to help recognize high school sports teams for their dedication and performance on and off the field. Already, top teams from 1A through 6A have been chosen for September, October, and November, with the rest of the 2018-2019 academic year to be named as nominations are compiled and winners announced by the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA).
Teams that are chosen as the Les Schwab Tires Team of the Month receive a commemorative trophy along with a cash donation to the team’s program. Past winners, as well as the current nomination form, are available at the OSAA website.
Learn more about OSAA and its drive to ensure equitable competition throughout Oregon high schools.
Raising Awareness with Pink Fridays
It’s exciting when you can support a great cause such as Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington and the Race for the Cure®. Once again, Les Schwab employees in Oregon and SW Washington showed their support for breast cancer awareness with a bi-weekly September event called Pink Fridays.
Wearing pink polos on select Fridays in September was just one of the many ways we supported the cause. In addition, fundraisers were held all month long in stores throughout the region to help with the Treatment Access Program that provides patients with gas, food and lodging. We also held car washes to support the Susan G. Komen Latina Initiative.
“We are honored to have worked with Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington over the past nine years to help people fight this terrible disease,” said Aaron Smithers, manager, Portland Powell Blvd.
The Race for the Cure® took place on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. The event is expected to raise just over $700,000 for research, care, community, and action in the fight against breast cancer.
Les Schwab is honored to do what we can and bring as much attention and support to breast cancer awareness in the communities we serve and beyond.