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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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