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Oregon Sports Authority Launches Campaign to Bring the Beavers to Beaverton

    Today the Oregon Sports Authority officially announced the launch of a public campaign to bring the Portland Beavers to Beaverton.  Backed by a 39-member advisory board composed of business, community and youth sports leaders, the goal of the campaign is to organize and activate support among both individuals and businesses to provide a coordinated voice for those who want to see Beaverton become the future home of the Beavers.  The central activation piece of the effort is beavers2beaverton.com, where individuals and businesses can register their support, contact the Beaverton City Council and spread the word to family and friends.

    “We feel strongly that Triple-A baseball is a treasured community asset – one that will undoubtedly flourish in an intimate new ballpark in the heart of Beaverton,” said Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic.  “But this is about more than baseball – it’s about creating a sense of community and giving Beaverton and Washington County a central gathering place for events, concerts and youth and amateur sports.”

    In the coming weeks, campaign representatives will be meeting with businesses and civic groups, and will have an active presence at a variety of community events.  The campaign will also be distributing lawn signs, window decals and buttons, which are available for pick-up at the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation Athletic Center, Play It Again Sports and the Washington County Visitors Association.

    “I’m delighted to have the support of the Oregon Sports Authority in bringing the Beavers to Beaverton,” said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. “A multipurpose venue for dozens of community events that would also be home to Triple-A baseball in Oregon has the potential to be a home run for our community and our region.”

    Several area businesses and organizations have already expressed support for bringing the Beavers to Beaverton, including the Westside Economic Alliance, Vernier Software & Technology, Providence Health & Services and the Raccoon Lodge.

    “As a resident and taxpayer, I am proud of our city leaders for inviting the Portland Beavers to find a new home in our community,” said Westside Economic Alliance Executive Director Jonathan Schlueter. ” Their support sends an important message that our community is open for business and willing to consider new opportunities that can add to the wonderful lifestyle we all enjoy here.  By simply allowing ourselves to have this conversation, our city will be an even better place to live.”

    “What an opportunity for Beaverton and Oregon,” said Ryan Deckert, president of the Oregon Business Association.  “I grew up in Beaverton and this is our moment to help ensure Oregon remains a major league place to live, work and play!”

    The campaign also has strong support from the youth baseball community, including representation from all six of the Beaverton Little Leagues.

    “We’re so excited about the possibility of Beaverton becoming the new home of the Beavers,” said Gary Rowell, District Administrator for Oregon Little League District Four, which comprises all leagues west of the Willamette River including the six Beaverton programs.  “What an incredible inspiration it would be for each of our little leaguers have exposure to professional baseball here in their very own community.”

    Bring the Beavers to Beaverton
    Advisory Board:

    Art Larrance, Raccoon Lodge
    Artie Wilson, Former Beavers/Negro Leagues Shortstop
    Bill Eisert, Beaverton Area Little League
    Bob Gregg, ID Experts
    Bob Lavey, Longtime Beaverton Area Baseball Coach
    Brian Doherty, Miller Nash
    Brian Sullivan, Sunset High School Baseball
    Carrie Matsuo, Sun Creek Little League
    Charles Pontrelli, Murrayhill Little League
    Chuck Richards, Sunset Athletic Club/Oregon Sports Academy
    Curt Henninger, Comcast
    David Underriner, Providence Health & Services
    David Vernier, Vernier Software & Technology
    Doug Menke, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
    Dr. Ted Forcum, Back In Motion Sports Injuries Clinic, LLC
    Eddie Basinski, Former Beavers’ Infielder
    Gary Rowell, Oregon District 4 Little League
    Greg Barton, Barton Football Academy/Next Step College Sports
    Harvey Platt, Platt Electric
    Jack Cain, Former Portland Rockies Owner
    Jack Dunn, Former Portland State Baseball Coach
    Jack Elder, Oregon Sports Action
    Joe Etzel, Former U. of Portland Baseball Coach and Athletic Director
    Jonathan Schlueter, Westside Economic Alliance
    Keenan Longcor, Friends of Baseball
    Kerry Degman, West Hills Baseball/Sunset Junior Baseball
    Kevin Meader, Cedar Mill Little League
    Len Clarke, Longtime Beaverton Area Baseball Coach
    Linda Williams, Washington Trust Bank
    Matt Peterson, Wolf Creek Little League
    Mike Bubalo, Former Beaverton High School Baseball Coach
    Neal Bieker, Raleigh Hills Little League
    Rob Nelson, Big League Chew Bubble Gum Co.
    Ron Menconi, Oregon Sports Authority Board
    Ryan Deckert, Oregon Business Association
    Sandra McDonough, Portland Business Alliance
    Scott Taylor, TAOW Productions
    Terry Shanley, SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)
    Tobias Read, Oregon State Representative

    Bring the Beavers to Beaverton
    Lawn Signs, Window Decals and Buttons:

    Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation Athletic Center
    15707 SW Walker Rd., Beaverton

    Play It Again Sports
    9244 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton

    Washington County Visitors Association
    11000 SW Stratus St., Suite 170, Beaverton


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