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.
Coach Takes Teams to LSI — Twice
For Marshall Cho, traveling the world is just another way to train young basketball players how to shoot. The Lake Oswego High School coach began his career in 2004 in Central Harlem as a middle school teacher and coach at the Future Leaders Institute Charter School. Then he traveled to South Africa to coach in Mozambique for three years. Cho got his first Les Schwab Invitational experience during his tenure at DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland, when DeMatha took the 2010 LSI title. Once in Oregon, Cho and his Lake Oswego team scored a spot in the 2015 Les Schwab Invitational.
Driving the Court
During the LSI, Oregon teams have the opportunity to play against top-level competition from around the country.
“We had to get through very tough games against Westview and Jesuit to get to the final,” Cho recalled. “In both games, we were down at times and I remember how hard it is for an out-of-town squad to play at the LSI with all the fans backing the Oregon teams.”
Cho and his team applied themselves well in 2015 in order to beat Southridge in their first-round matchup; the team had eliminated Lake Oswego in the state playoffs last year and returned with many of its main players.
Though Lake Oswego lost to DeMatha Catholic in the second round, Cho welcomed the challenge of playing four games in four nights.
‘Whether We Win or Lose’
“Coach (Mike) Jones and the DeMatha staff are like family to me and have had a big influence on my coaching philosophy,” said Cho. “I think daily about the lessons I learned there as my coaching staff and I lay down the foundations of the Lake Oswego High School program. The Les Schwab Invitational gives us the opportunity to drive home the lesson of focusing on the next play whether we win or lose, because there is no time to celebrate or sulk.”
Les Schwab Tire Centers thank all the players and coaches who made the 2015 LSI worth watching!
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.