SOY - Opportunity 34

Kristin Kellerman speaks about how the Opportunity 34 Foundation seeks to help students who have had adversity in their lives afford post-secondary school during the first Ride for Opportunity event on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Verona Community Park. Oregon High School hosted an Opportunity 34 Foundation “Make it Rain” fundraiser during a boys basketball game Feb. 15 to raise money for college scholarships for OHS students.

On Feb. 15, Oregon High School hosted an Opportunity 34 Foundation “Make it Rain” fundraiser during its rivalry game against Stoughton to raise money for college scholarships for OHS students.

The fundraiser was hosted in honor of 2019 OHS graduate Ethan Victorson’s cousin, Will Kellerman, who played basketball for Verona Area High School and Milwaukee Area Technical College before his death in a rollover crash just a couple of miles from his parents’ Verona home and a few days after he celebrated his 21st birthday.

The fundraiser raised $10,200 for OHS scholarships. The Opportunity 34 Foundation said it would match up to $3,400 in money raised.

The Opportunity 34 Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises and grants scholarship money to student-athletes.

Kellerman’s parents created the foundation in Will’s honor to provide scholarships for Verona basketball players, but it has since expanded to offer scholarships to other Dane County schools and MATC.

The only requirement is that athletes have played one year of basketball and demonstrated a financial need.

— Mark Nesbitt