Recognizing local athletes and game changers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Awards closed April 9, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
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