The 2013 KIDSPORTS Invitational will benefit the KIDSPORTS Emerald Scholarship Fund and Stephen Dember Memorial Scholarship Fund, as well as the.
About the Emerald Scholarship Fund
The Emerald Scholarship Fund provides children under financial constraints the opportunity to enjoy the healthy, fun benefits of team sports.
KIDSPORTS teaches children and families the value of physical fitness, sportsmanship, practice and teamwork through sports and activities. Knowledgeable coaches and officials allow each player to achieve their personal best while having fun. All children have the opportunity to play.
Sports programs and activities are open to any child who is able to participate regardless of race, religion, creed, sex, ability, or financial status.
KIDSPORTS programs are designed to meet the following objectives:
- Provide a source of recreation for children.
- Provide children with an opportunity to learn about sports and improve their athletic skills through participation and competition.
- Give children a chance to grow socially by learning teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play.
- Provide children with a source of fun and good times, which will enrich their lives.
- Assist in developing a lifestyle of health and fitness.
About Stephen Dember
To know Stephen was to know someone who lived his life with great enthusiasm and passion. He had an exuberant, positive and uplifting spirit and was blessed with a high degree of intellect, a great sense of humor, and a big heart. At the young age of 20, Stephen was a very accomplished person academically, athletically, and socially.
As a student of the Lundquist College of Business Honors College, Stephen was a dual major in Business Administration and Economics with an emphasis in Sports Business and Pre-Law. His career aspiration was to become a sports executive or agent. Stephen consistently was named to the Dean’s List and was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient. In addition, he was named to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Stephen was very involved in “Duck Life” and would have been the ’05 Vice-President of the “Pit Crew”. He was an active member of the Sports Business Club, volunteered for the 3-on-3-basketball tournament, and remained a very enthusiastic supporter of Oregon Ducks Basketball and Football. In addition to his life at the University of Oregon, Stephen was very socially aware and volunteered many hours to various causes that were important to him.
Stephen was a very loving son and brother and was a loyal and trusted friend who always had time to encourage and support others. In general, Stephen was an incredibly passionate young man. He had a zest for life and gave 150% to whatever he pursued. Stephen was passionate about many things; his family, his friends, and The Ducks.