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'Beavers Without Borders' unveils documentary in weekend fundraisers

The first docu-film from Oregon State's 'Beavers Without Borders' project will make its debut this weekend.

As part of OSU's 'Every-day Champions' program, in which student-athletes provide community service, delegations went to Guatemala in March and to Macedonia in June to help build housing for needy families.

A film narrative of the trip by 14 student-athletes to Guatemala will open Friday night at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis and Saturday night at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike campus near Beaverton. Screenwriter and OSU alum Mike Rich will serve as guest speaker for Saturday's event.

Both showings are open to the public. Proceeds will go to help fund future 'Beavers Without Borders' trips.

'The film is a great reflection of the passion that is involved in these projects,' says Taylor Kavanaugh, the former OSU football player who coordinates the trips and helped produce the film. 'The Guatemala trip featured a cross-section of student-athletes who were able to see a different part of the world and help people in another country.

'As role models, they have a responsibility with the platform they're put on. They're taking their energy and passion beyond the field.'

Additional showings throughout the state will be at Portland's McMenamin's Mission Street Theater on Aug. 20 and 28, at Sisters on Aug. 21 and at Bend on Aug. 27.

Kavanaugh, the ex-Lincoln High player who is now a project engineer for Turner Construction in Seattle, said future 'Beavers Without Borders' trips will be made to Cambodia in December and to Central America during spring break in 2012.

For donations or more information, see osubeavers.com/beaverswithoutborders.