Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission announces the 2nd Annual SportsTown Awards
Eugene, Ore - Mark your calendars for the second annual SportsTown Awards, brought to you by the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission. Plan to join returning master of ceremonies Jordan Kent for the SportsTown Awards ceremony on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at the Valley River Inn in Eugene. Awards categories include Male and Female Student Athlete of the Year, Athletic Trainer of the Year, Athlete with Heart, Sustainable Sports Event of the Year, Inspirational Coach of the Year, Fan of the Year and the Mascot Showdown.
The goals of the SportsTown Awards are to recognize the best achievements in sports tourism, recognize responsible / sustainable sports events practices, celebrate youth, prep and collegiate athletics, recognize fan interaction (mascots), identify inspirational stories, and celebrate significant local contributions to sports.
Public nominations for Inspirational Coach of the Year, Sustainable Sports Event of the Year, Athletic Trainer of the Year, Fan of the Year and Athlete with Heart are open. Nominations close on April 12, 2017. To nominate go to SportsTownAwards.com
This year Dari Mart & the Eugene Emeralds are teaming up for the Mascot Showdown. All Lane County High School mascots will be up to win this coveted award. Online voting starts April 5, 2017.
NEW this year, SportsTown Fan of the Year, sponsored by Bicoastal Media, features nominees from monthly award winners who entered the #SportsTownFAN of the Month contest at KDUK.com. This contest started last October and will have a winner every month thru April. These nominees are eager to showcase how excited their team’s fans are and why they should be the SportsTown Fan of the Year!
Janis Ross, Executive Director, Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission, noted “the Sports Commission’s objective is to position the SportsTown Awards as the premiere countywide sports recognition event, and to convey and celebrate the economic, social, and health values of sport. We look forward to the community’s participation in selecting the 2017 award winners.”
When asked about last year’s event Cesar Ocampo said “It felt like you were involved in something that was meaningful for the community. So many people have come up to me and congratulated me for winning [the 2016 Athletic Trainer of the Year]. I’m excited to see what they do this year.” Cesar Ocampo is the Athletic Trainer at North Eugene High School and Lane United Football Club. He was the winner of the 2016 Athletic Trainer of the Year.
Tickets will be available online May 8, 2017 at SportsTownAwards.com.
JOIN THE TEAM
There is still time to be a part of this year’s event; please contact Maxine Walton at 541.520.0577 for available sponsorship opportunities.
Contact: Janis Ross, Executive Director Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission, 541.743.8753; Janis@EugeneCascadesCoast.org
Jessica Shefferman, Director of Event Operations, Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission 541.743.8765; JessicaS@EugeneCascadesCoast.org
Find supporting video & images from the 2016 SportsTown Awards here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/whvzkha2kflv8yp/AAC8swuss_315voZwlSOOguia?dl=0