Sports Awards

Recognizing local athletes and game changers

Experience Olympia & Beyond, Thurston County’s Sports Commission, presents the second annual Sports Awards.

Sports enthusiasts and community members are invited to celebrate an evening dedicated to sports!

Join us as we recognize Thurston County's talented athletes, coaches and sports moments while highlighting the impacts of sports tourism on the local economy. 

The evening will include dinner, presentation of awards and a keynote by Jen Mueller, CEO and Founder of Talk Sporty to Me, who is also a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast on ROOT SPORTS and is a sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks.

SPORTS AWARDS 
May 22, 2019
5 p.m.-8 p.m.
South Puget Sound Community College

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KEYNOTE

Jen Mueller

Jen Mueller, CEO and Founder of Talk Sporty to Me

Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is rarely at a loss for words.  She pursued a career in sports broadcasting after repeated comments of “talks too much” from teachers and family members. 

An 18-year sports broadcasting veteran, Jen currently serves as the Seattle Seahawks sideline radio reporter.  She is also part of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team on ROOT Sports. 

In addition to her work on the sidelines, Jen launched Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 and provides a unique and practical approach to business communication. Jen shows business professionals how to apply the same conversation strategies she uses in sports locker rooms to business settings, so they can become more confident and effective communicators. Jen is the author of three books. The most recent book, The Influential Conversationalist: Conversation skills that develop leadership potential was published October 2017.

A life-long sports fan, Jen is also a former high school football official, a passion she discovered while attending Southern Methodist University. Jen graduated from SMU in 2000 with degrees in broadcast journalism and public policy.


SPORTS AWARDS
NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED
 

Men's Sport Star of the Year (College) and Women's Sport Star of the Year (College)

Nominees must be a female or male athlete enrolled full-time at any time during the 2018-2019 school year in a Thurston County college or a native to Thurston County. Nominees must also have participated for a minimum of one year in at least one collegiate sport, exemplify strong leadership, dedication and sportsmanship with good school behavior.

Women’s Sports Star of the Year Nominees:
Trinity Betoney, South Puget Sound Community College
Liz Larson, Saint Martin's University
Makenna Schultz, Saint Martin's University
Natalie Taylor, Evergreen State College

Men's Sport Star of the Year Nominees:
Luke Chavez, Saint Martin's University
Tyler Cronk, Saint Martin's University
Demonte Malloy, South Puget Sound Community College
Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez, The Evergreen State College
Hunter Sipe, South Puget Sound Community College
Jordan Skipper-Brown, McLennan College

 
Boy's Sport Star of the Year (High School) and Girl's Sport Star of the Year (High School)


Nominees must be a female or male athlete enrolled full-time in a Thurston County high school. Nominees must have participated for a minimum of one year in at least one high school sport, exemplify strong leadership, dedication and sportsmanship with good school behavior.

Girl’s Sports Star of the Year Nominees:
Madison Gruhn, Capital High School
Sophia Koelsch, Tumwater High School
Taylor Woodworth, River Ridge High School

Boys Sport’s Star of the Year Nominees:
Kai Burgman, North Thurston High School
Hunter Campau, Timberline High School
Jeter Larson, River Ridge High School
Zane Murphy, Tumwater High School
Chris Penner, Capital High School


Contributor of the Year


Nominees must be passionate about the growth and success of sports in Thurston County and can include coaches, nonprofit organizations providing sport access to community individuals and/or large monetary donors to sports initiatives. Nominees must have demonstrated commitment to sports for a minimum of one year.

Contributor of the Year Nominees:
Ken Choke, Nisqully Tribal Council, Chairman
Robin Johnson, Tumwater High School, Girls Basketball Coach
Troy Kirby, Lacey Pocket Gophers, President
Gary Larson, River Ridge High School, Athletic Director
Alex Pribble, Saint Martin's University, Mens Basketball Coach
Meagan Renick, Inline Speed Skating, Coach
Tumwater Soccer Club


Sports Moment of the Year


Nominees can be a team or individual that has achieved national or local recognition for their sports moment during the 2018-2019 academic year. This moment would have taken place during a play in a single game or individual match or event for an individual or team. Nominees can include individuals with inspiring stories, remarkable sports moments or outstanding performances throughout the 2018-2019 season.

Sports Moment of the Year Nominees:
Black Hill High School Bowling, Black Hills High School
Kai Burgman, North Thurston High School
Capital Cougarettes, Capital High School
Capital High School Boys Basketball, Capital High School
Northwest Christian Boy's Cross Country, Northwest Christian High School
Michaela Renick, Aspire Middle School, Inline Speed Skating
Saint Martin's Mens Basketball, Saint Martin's University
Timberline Football, Timberline High School
Tumwater High School Girls Basketball, Tumwater High School


Thurston County Sports Legend


Nominees must be an individual (over the age of 18) that was born or resided in Thurston County for a minimum of five years and must be passionate about the growth and success of sports in Thurston County. The nominee must have maintained and continue to maintain ties to Thurston County through philanthropic events and/or financial donations to support sports in the community. Ideally, nominees would have played either collegiate or professional sports or had a significant impact in the Thurston County sports community.

Thurston County Sports Legend Nominees:
Bill Beattie
Rocky Isley
John Kiley

 
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Awards closed April 9, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

 

 

Sponsorships Available

We are beyond excited to be able to bring attention to our local all-stars, however we can’t do it without you! Olympia & Beyond Sports Commission is looking for local partners to sponsor the event in a variety of unique and customizable opportunities. Please contact Moira Davin at Moira@ExperienceOlympia.com to start the conversation!

For sponsorship information, click here.