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Foundation honored for restoring P.E. in public schools

The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation was recently honored by the Physical Education for All Kids (PEAK) coalition in recognition of its advocacy and leadership in helping to restore physical education to Oregon Schools in the 2007 legislature.  Awards were given to Foundation director Owen Blank and Oregon Sports Authority Foundation CEO Drew Mahalic, as well as Julia Brim-Edwards of Nike.  

“The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation was critical to the passage of HB 3141 during the 2007 legislative session,” stated John Valley Oregon Government Affairs Director for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.  “HB 3141 established the minimum minutes standard for how much physical education is to be taught in Oregon and provided the initial funding to start the grant program to assist schools in meeting those minute standards.”

“We are delighted to have played a key role in the passage of PE reform in Oregon public schools,” said Oregon Sports Authority Foundation CEO Drew Mahalic.  “The PEAK coalition is a tremendous example of what can be achieved when government, business and civic leaders join together for a worthwhile common cause, in this case a cause that will positively impact the lives of Oregon children for years to come.”

In addition to the minimum PE standards, the grant program created by the passage House Bill 3141 earlier this year is now up and running.  Grant applications are being accepted by the Oregon Department of Education through January 15 to provide professional development to teachers in meeting the minute standards.  Grants will be awarded on February 15.  The grant application can be accessed at http://www.ode.state.or.us/news/announcements/announcement.aspx?=3238.

Later in January there will be an additional grant application available to school districts to hire new PE teachers in order to meet the new minute standards.  For now the grants are specifically dealing with professional development.

The mission of the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation is to facilitate active participation in sports, physical education, and related programs with an emphasis on opportunities for underserved youth across Oregon through advocacy, financial support, and program creation.

Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic extends holding period

Behemoth, LLC announces that it will extend the holding period for the 2007 event through March 31st, 2008.  The holding period of October 1 through December 31st will be extended due to poor conditions this fall in Oregon.  It also has changed the status to yellow, as several storms approach the coast.

The Pacific Northwest has been plagued with poor weather conditions this fall.  Primarily due to a La Nina weather pattern, the area received its fair share of huge swell events this fall, but each of these storms was accompanied by very strong winds.  Lincoln City, OR saw two separate storms with wind topping 100 MPH.

“Due to La Nina, we did not have the dominant high pressure that usually blesses the Northwest this time of year. We have spoken with all the competitors and sponsors, and they all agreed that we should extend the holding period”, said event founder John Forse.

Contest status has been changed to yellow as there are several storms lined up off the coast that are forecasted to produce large swells for next week.  These storms could coincide with a brief window of predicted offshore winds to produce contestable conditions.  Check the website for the latest details on contest status.

The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, now in its third year, has held its previous 2 events in near perfect conditions.  They are looking for a combination of no wind (or offshore wind), large swell above 15 feet, and long duration period.  This combination creates very large perfect waves off the Oregon Coast.

Although there were no conditions this fall that were contestable, Behemoth has had a very productive fall. The extra time has allowed them to devote some resources to completing a documentary they are producing.  The Find, Claiming Nelscott Reef, is a feature length film focused on the opportunities, opposition, and potential conflicts surrounding the discovery of a new surf break, such as Nelscott Reef.  A web site has been set up for the film and includes a 5-minute preview. Please check www.nelscottreefthemovie.com for more information.

This fall, John Forse also found a new location for the Nelscott Reef Surf Shop/contest headquarters.  The shop is now located at 4235 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City, OR, one block south of Spanish Head.  The bigger space will allow for more selection and the location is easier to access then the previous shop.

The contest holding period will be extended through the end of March 2008.  For additional information, please visit www.nelscottreef.org.

2007 Main Invite List:

Shane Desmond (N.Cal) Tyler Fox (N.Cal)
Adam Replogle (N.Cal) Alistair Craft (N.Cal)
Garrett McNamara (HAW) Kealii Mamala (HAW)
Raph Bruhwiler (CAN) Keith Malloy (S.Cal)
Zach Wormhoudt (N.Cal) Jake Wormhoudt (N.Cal)
Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS) TBD
Brad Gerlach (S.Cal) Mike Parsons (S.Cal)
Jeff Clark (N.Cal) Chris Bertish (S. Africa)
Peter Mel (N.Cal) Ryan Augustine (N.Cal)
Greg Long (S.Cal) Rusty Long (S.Cal)
Twiggy Baker (S. Africa) Chad Jackson (C. Cal)
Russel Smith (N.Cal) Tyler Smith (N.Cal)
Steve Nichols (N.Cal) Aaron Bierman (N. Cal)
Dave Mcgill (Oregon) Joel Smith (Oregon)
Danilo Cuoto (Brazil) Rodrigo Resende (Brazil)
Skiz Doudt (Oregon/HAW) Chava Greenlee (HAW)
Pablo Schulte (S.Cal) Davey Smith (S.Cal)
Vince Broglio (N.Cal) Richard Schmidt (N.Cal)
Osh Bartlett (N.Cal) Anthony Tashnick (N.Cal)
Benji Darrow (N.Cal) Stan Meurer (N.Cal)
 
2007 Alternates:

Carlos Burle (Brazil) Eraldo Gueros (Brazil)
Makua Rothman (HAW) Ikaika Kalama (HAW)
Brett Hudson (N.Cal.) Jeff Kafka (N.Cal)
Homer Henard (N.Cal) Matt Rockhold (N. Cal)
Matt Ambrose (N.Cal) Shawn Rhodes (N.Cal)
Troy Virostko (N. Cal) Nacho Lopez (N. Cal)
Ion Banner (N. Cal)  Tim West (N. Cal)
Jack Wormkraut (Maine) Rick Kane (Arizona)
Mike Brummett (N.Cal) Chris Brown (S.Cal)
Mike Parnell (Oregon) TBD
Alec Cooke (HAW) Ron Barron (HAW)

Safeway Classic money tops LPGA

The Safeway Classic’s most successful year got this as an exclamation point: $1.1 million. That’s how much Portland’s LPGA golf tournament raised for local children’s charities in 2007, tournament organizers announced Wednesday.

The figure is a record for the tournament, bettering the $1.01 million donated in 2006, and brought the total contributions in the event’s 36 years to more than $12 million.

The figure also is the highest on the LPGA Tour for 2007, made even more impressive by the fact that the Safeway Classic is a three-round event. The 2007 LPGA Tour schedule had 31 official events, with 22 played over four rounds.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, December 20, 2007

K-8 physical education expansion grant application now available

The grant program created by the passage House Bill 3141 earlier this year to help provide funding to schools in meeting the new minute standards for teaching PE is now up and running. Grant applications are now being accepted by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) through January 15th to provide professional development to teachers in meeting the minute standards. Grants will be awarded on February 15th.  Click here to access the grant application.

Later in January there will be an additional grant application available to school districts to hire new PE teachers in order to meet the new minute standards. For now the grants are specifically dealing with professional development.

The PEEK-8 grant was established by the state to support activities related to meeting the Physical Education requirements for instruction of students in kindergarten through grade 8 as described in OAR 581-020-0250 (adopted December 6, 2007).  Districts and public charter schools have flexibility within the grant guidelines for determining specific evidence-based professional development that will lead to meeting the physical education requirement for instruction of students in kindergarten through grade 8. 

For more information please contact Margaret Bates at margaret.bates@state.or.us or 503-947-5156.

Pilot three packs available now

Pick three of the biggest West Coast Conference Men’s Basketball games coming to the Chiles Center this year!

Secure your seats to the Gonzaga game before tickets go on sale to the public.

Saturday January 19 vs. San Francisco
Monday January 21 vs. San Diego
Saturday February 9 vs. Loyola Marymount
Monday February 11 vs. Pepperdine
Monday February 25 vs. Gonzaga
Saturday March 1 vs. Santa Clara
Monday March 3 vs. Saint Mary’s

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To order call the Pilot Box Office at 503.943.7525 (M-F, 11am-5pm)

Packages make great holiday gifts!

Cheers for tennis fans

Earlier this month, the wonderfully enthusiastic fans of Portland who packed the Memorial Coliseum witnessed the United States capturing its first Davis Cup title in 12 years (and its record 32nd overall), defeating Russia in an unforgettable clash of tennis super powers. I know that everyone who attended those three days of tennis took home with them a lifetime of memories.

On behalf of the U.S. Tennis Association, I want to thank the great city of Portland for its warm and welcoming hospitality and its world-class effort in hosting this event.

Throughout the months-long process of bringing the Davis Cup to the Rose City, at every turn in the weeks leading up to the event, and throughout those three days, the people of Portland were remarkable in their support, proving themselves time and again as unfailingly gracious hosts.

There are so many people to thank for the great success of the 2007 Davis Cup final — an endless procession of officials, staff, volunteers and fans whose exemplary efforts and endless enthusiasm made this event one of the best ever.

I’d like to offer a special thank you to Mayor Tom Potter for his support, and to Mike Scanlon, Mike Golub and Drew Mahalic, who worked so hard to bring Davis Cup back to this beautiful city.

Like the U.S. team, you all put forth a championship effort.

JANE BROWN GRIMES
Chairman of the board and president United States Tennis Association
White Plains, N.Y.

 — Letter to the Editor, The Oregonian, December 13, 2007

 

Eugene gets on fast track for five years of big meets

Craig Masback, head of USA Track & Field, announced the decision in a news conference at the Bowerman Family Building, adjacent to the University of Oregon’s newly-refurbished Hayward Field.

Eugene and UO already had been awarded the 2008 Olympic Trials, to be held June 27-July 6, and the 2010 NCAA Division I championships.

“We wanted to transform our community and create a lasting legacy,” said Angel Jones, Eugene city manager and a member of the Eugene ’08 Steering Committee.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, December 13, 2007

Register now for the 2008 Winter Triathlon on Mt. Bachelor

Registration for the 2008 USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championship presented by Bend Bike N Sport has officially opened. Everyone regardless of age and ability level can register and learn more about the event at oregonsports.org/. The event will occur at Mt. Bachelor on February 9.

Registration fees for individuals are $67 prior to February 1 ($77 after) while fees for a three-person team are $61 per person. Seniors over 65 and students under 18 pay $50.

Winter triathlon is a sport that consists of running, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing – all performed on snow. The National Championship will feature both an age group race and elite race. The age group race will qualify the top five athletes per age group and the elite race will qualify the top three men and top three women to compete in the world championships, February 22, 2008 in Freudenstadt, Germany.

The Winter Triathlon National Championship is one of two major sports events recently landed by the non-profit Oregon Sports Authority, which formally launched its Central Oregon chapter in October.  The organization’s purpose is to positively impact Central Oregon’s economy and quality of life by attracting sports events and supporting area youth sports programs.

The schedule of events for the Winter Triathlon is below (subject to change):

Saturday, February 9
9:00am – Age Group Men
9:30am – Age Group Women
10:00am – Elite Men
10:30am – Elite Women
11:00am – Team Men
11:30am – Team Women

Register Now!

PGE Park to host OSU baseball

The Oregon State Beavers will play four non-conference baseball games at PGE Park in 2008, it was announced today.

The slate of Oregon State games is highlighted by the Papé Grand Slam, pitting the two-time defending College World Series champion against the Georgia Bulldogs in a three-game series at PGE Park, Feb. 29 – March 2. The Beavers will later take on the Portland Pilots in an additional non-conference game at PGE Park on April 15.

Preferred tickets for the Oregon State games at PGE Park are available as part of select Portland Beavers season-ticket packages. Single-game tickets for the Papé Grand Slam, which are $10 for adults and $5 for youths age 3-18 and Oregon State students who present their student ID on game day, will go on sale Jan. 18 at area Ticketmaster outlets, online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/ or by phone at (503) 224-4400. Tickets will also be available at the PGE Park box office beginning Feb. 18. All single-game tickets for the Papé Grand Slam are general admission.

“What the Oregon State University baseball program and coach Pat Casey have accomplished over the past two seasons is truly remarkable,” said Merritt Paulson, president and general manager of the Portland Beavers at PGE Park. “I could not be more pleased to welcome OSU to PGE Park this spring and to allow more Portlanders to see the nation’s NCAA champions live.”

Under Casey, the Beavers reached the College World Series in 2005 and achieved the pinnacle of national prominence the following year by surviving a string of elimination games on their way to their first national championship. Oregon State duplicated the feat in 2007, becoming the first team in a decade to repeat as College World Series champion by winning all five of its CWS games and capping its impressive run with a 9-3 victory over North Carolina in the title game.

PGE Park, located in downtown Portland, is home to the Triple-A Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League, the Portland Timbers of the United Soccer Leagues First Division and the Portland State University football program. The multipurpose stadium, originally constructed in 1926, annually plays host to a wide variety of additional events and activities, including high school football, concerts, international soccer exhibitions, youth soccer, community gatherings and company outings.

2008 Oregon State Baseball Games at PGE Park
Friday, Feb. 29 – Georgia vs. Oregon State (6 p.m.)
Saturday, March 1 – Georgia vs. Oregon State (1 p.m.)
Sunday, March 2 – Georgia vs. Oregon State (12 noon)
Tuesday, April 15 – Oregon State vs. University of Portland (6:30 p.m.)

Top professional cyclists converge on Tower Theatre for celebration

They spend the majority of the year traveling across the country and around the globe for bike races, but for similar reasons they all choose to call Bend home. And now, Bendites have a rare opportunity to hear firsthand what motivates these elite riders to compete, what they do to maintain top form, what their plans are for 2008 and why they choose to live and train in Bend.

Scheduled for Friday, December 21 at 7pm at the Tower Theatre, the Bend Cycling Celebration features an informal talk show style format with some of cycling’s biggest names who also happen to be Bend residents, including Chris Horner, Carl Decker, Adam Craig, Chrissy Ruitter and Megan Elliott. The panel will be moderated by Anthony McCrossan, head commentator for the internationally-renown London-based Cycling TV, the world’s largest broadband cycling television company who will simulcast the event globally on www.cycling.tv.

Admission to the Bend Cycling Celebration is $10 for adults and $5 for kids age 12 and under, with proceeds benefiting Central Oregon Velo’s Youth Development Program. Doors open at 6pm, and the forum begins at 7pm. Admission includes a complimentary beer for attendees age 21 and over courtesy of Bend Brewing Company, or a complimentary soda. Tickets can be purchased at the Tower Theater box office, online at www.towertheatre.org, or at Bend Bike N Sport.

Admission also includes the chance to win a number of door prizes, including ladies and gents cruiser bikes courtesy of Felt and Giant Bicycles, autographed cycling jerseys, equipment and apparel from a vast array of manufacturers.

The Bend Cycling Celebration is presented by Central Oregon Velo, Bend Bike N Sport, Racecenter Northwest, the Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau, Bend Memorial Clinic, Lowes Commercial Properties and Cycling TV. For more information visit www.bendbikensport.com or call 322-8814.

Portland eyes ATP stop, other major events

Another Davis Cup or Federation Cup tie?

Creation of a new pro event?

All are possibilities for the City of Roses after a successful staging of the Davis Cup finals, which concluded Sunday at Memorial Coliseum with the first U.S. victory since 1995.

It was the first Davis Cup finals held in the United States since 1992, and honchos from participating factions served up bouquets.

“From an organizational standpoint, I couldn’t be any more pleased,” says Jeff Ryan, the U.S. Tennis Association’s director of USA Team Events. “A lot of people, from the building side to the sports commission side, put in great work. We had a wonderful experience.”

 — Excerpt from The Portland Tribune, December 4, 2007