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Buky Bamigboye grinned and giggled as she checked text messages from the bend of an accordion bus, which carried her to her biggest competition ever.

“I’m like the youngest one here,” said the 20-year-old Bamigboye, a Georgetown University heptathlete who started competition Friday in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hayward Field. “All my high school PRs were on this track — my personal records. I love this track. It has a legacy.”

Across the aisle, her coach, former Olympian Sheila Burrell, recalled, “I won my first national championship here in Eugene, in ’99.”

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, June 28, 2008

Mt. Hood tries to bring Olympic Swimming Trials to Gresham

The U.S. Olympic swim trials are going on 1,700 miles away this week, but a local committee is working on a proposal to bring the 2012 Trials closer to home.

The 20-person committee is entering the initial phases of finding local funding and sponsorships needed to host the country’s biggest swim meet. The idea started when Mt. Hood Community College rebuilt its outdoor pool last summer, making it into a world-class Olympic-sized venue.

The effort got a jolt three months ago when the National Events Director for USA Swimming contacted the college and arranged to see the facility.

— Excerpt from The Gresham Outlook, June 27, 2008

Plans afoot at PGE Park

By 2011, the landscape of Portland’s outdoor sports facilities could have an entirely different look.

PGE Park could be the home of the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, and a new 8,000- to 10,000-seat arena for the Triple-A baseball Portland Beavers could be the centerpiece of a Lents Park revitalization project.

That is the fervent hope of Randy Leonard, the city commissioner who admits he is picking sides when it comes to a potential site for the Beavers.

— Excerpt from the Portland Tribune, June 26, 2008

Oregon Sports Authority receives 2008 Rose City Award

The Oregon Sports Authority was honored today as the recipient of the 2008 Rose City Award from Travel Portland at the 29th Annual Tourism & Hospitality Industry Awards Celebration at the Oregon Convention Center. The Rose City Award recognizes individuals, businesses or organizations for their significant contribution to the promotion of tourism. Travel Portland acknowledged the Oregon Sports Authority for producing a remarkable series of events and accomplishments over the past year, highlighted by the Davis Cup World Final last December, which generated $7.1 million in direct economic impact with 60 percent of spectators traveling outside of Oregon.

“We are honored to be recognized by Travel Portland with the 2008 Rose City Award,” said Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic. “It is a wonderful testament to the leadership and vision of our board of directors, the dedication of our staff, and the unwavering support of all of our corporate and individual members.”

The Oregon Sports Authority works in collaboration with local and state government, area tourism organizations and sports facilities to secure events such as the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Women’s World Cup Soccer, AST Dew Tour and this weekend’s LIVESTRONG Challenge. Financially supported annually by more than 150 members, the non-profit organization works to enhance the state economically and culturally through sports, bringing millions of dollars into Oregon each year through sports tourism.

“The Oregon Sports Authority has had tremendous success in attracting major sporting events to our region,” said Jeff Miller, Travel Portland’s president and CEO. “Not only do these events give our economy a significant boost, they also focus a lot of positive attention and media coverage on Oregon.”

Details of the Oregon Sports Authority’s events and accomplishments over the past year are provided below:

Davis Cup World Final
USA victory over Russia in front of sell-out crowds at Memorial Coliseum during the first Davis Cup final held in the U.S. in 15 years; generates $7.1 million in direct economic impact as more than 60 percent of spectators travel from outside of Oregon.

U.S. Women’s Soccer vs. Mexico
More than 10,000 fans turn out to support the newest generation of women’s soccer stars at Portland’s PGE Park.

AST Dew Tour
Record setting attendance for the world’s premier action sports tour at the Rose Quarter, broadcast live on NBC.

USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship
More than 1,300 participants from across the nation descend on Hagg Lake for one of the most competitive, Olympic distance triathlons in the U.S.

Central Oregon Chapter Launch
The Oregon Sports Authority quickly lands three major events in the region: the USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championship on Mt. Bachelor, ABA BMX Great Northwest Nationals in Redmond and the 2008 and 2009 XTERRA Trail Running National Championship in Bend.

Annual Events
Provides active marketing and operational support for the Portland Marathon, LIVESTRONG Challenge, Race for the Cure, Pro Wakeboard Tour, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic and Nelscott Reef Tow-In Classic.

Oregon Sports Authority Foundation
Raises more than $150,000 to support meaningful opportunities for deserving Oregon youth to participate in sports, and serves as a driving force to pass legislation establishing a minimum amount of PE participation in public schools, helping to reverse the trend of childhood obesity among Oregon youth.

New Website
oregonsports.org/ features the state’s most comprehensive calendar of sports events, a directory of links to more than 1,400 Oregon sports organizations and a special section dedicated to promoting the diverse sports and recreation opportunities in each of the state’s seven regions; site recognized as The Oregonian’s “Website of the Week” in May 2007.

Oregon Sports Authority
The mission of the Oregon Sports Authority is to position the state of Oregon as the preferred location for select amateur and professional sports events, franchises and related activities in order to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians and to stimulate the state’s economy. Visit oregonsports.org/ for additional information.

World-class throw center ready for unveiling

Construction is complete on the Concordia University Throw Center — the first non-Olympic track and field facility devoted entirely to throwing events.

It will be unveiled on July 2, an off-day during the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene.

Concordia will offer buses for media from Eugene to the opening, which will include a demonstration of the facility and a speech by Concordia throws coach Mac Wilkins, a 1976 Olympic gold medalist, two-year world-record holder in the discus and member of the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame.

— Excerpt from the Portland Tribune, June 25, 2008

There’s only one Track Town

Any city with a stadium and enough population can summon the wherewithal to stage a successful U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field, as Atlanta, New Orleans and Sacramento have proved.

But there is only one Track Town.

“There never has been anything like Eugene,” says Alberto Salazar, the former Oregon distance runner and world-class marathoner.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, June 22, 2008

Trail Blazers pick AEG to manage the Rose Quarter

The Portland Trail Blazers have chosen entertainment giant AEG as the new manager of the Rose Quarter, a signal the team is serious about redeveloping the area and growing revenue streams for the ballclub.

Los Angeles-based AEG Facilities has signed a five-year deal with the Blazers’ Portland Arena Management to replace the current facilities manager, Global Spectrum, starting July 1, Mike Golub, the team’s vice president and chief operations officer, said Monday.

Team officials hope the change goes unnoticed by patrons of the quarter’s 20,000-seat Rose Garden and 12,000-seat Memorial Coliseum, and even by the 70 full-time and more than 700 part-time employees.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, June 10, 2008

AST announces Nike 6.0 as summer, winter Dew Tour sponsor

The AST, the umbrella brand and organization of the world’s most prestigious action sports properties, today announced that Nike 6.0 has signed on as an associate sponsor for the AST Dew Tour and AST Winter Dew Tour.

As an associate sponsor, Nike 6.0 will receive tour-wide exclusivity in the footwear, athletic and casual apparel, and outerwear categories. Nike 6.0 will also receive fully integrated marketing benefits, including television ads on NBC and USA Network, online and on-site exposure as well as inclusion in the Tour’s multi-million dollar marketing campaign.

“We’re excited to have the support of Nike 6.0 for our two premier tours, the AST Dew Tour and AST Winter Dew Tour,” said Wade Martin, AST president. “Nike 6.0 has tremendous credibility, a terrific stable of up and coming action sports stars, and an exciting, innovative activation strategy. We look forward to working together to bring the partnership to life and grow our respective businesses.”

“Nike 6.0 is committed to supporting progressive young action sports athletes,” said Dan Burris, Nike Action Sports GM. “We feel the AST Dew Tour is equally committed to elevating the best action sports athletes from around the world. We look forward to combining the creativity and energy of the Nike 6.0 brand with the premium events of the AST Dew Tour and the new addition of the AST Winter Dew Tour to create an inspiring venue for all action sport athletes.”

Nike 6.0 is a multi-action sports brand supporting the next generation of athletes. The barriers that once existed between action sports have been reduced by those who skate, surf, and ride with equal and inclusive passion. Nike 6.0 brings cultural aspiration and performance innovation to our community through our athletes, innovative footwear and apparel, and unique events. From the streets to the surf, from the dirt to the park, Nike 6.0 symbolizes the creativity and progression inherent in the DNA of action sports.

The Action Sports Tour (AST), owned by NBC Sports and MTV Networks, is the recently created umbrella brand and organization of the world’s most prestigious action sports events. Currently the AST consists of two national tours, one international event and an amateur series: AST Dew Tour (debuted in 2005), AST Winter Dew Tour (debuting in 2008), AST China (debuting in 2008), and Free Flow Tour (debuted 2005). The AST properties are home to over 300,000 spectators each year, broadcast in 100 countries and 280 million homes worldwide, and award the highest prize purse in all of action sports.

15 year old prodigy wins Nelscott Kiteboard Rodeo

The Nelscott Kiteboard Rodeo concluded Sunday with a ‘no go’ in the freestyle competition scheduled for the Siletz Bay due to the lack of adequate wind. Saturdays scheduled waveriding competition turned into a beach party-barbecue waiting for the 12-15 mph threshold to be reached which it never did.

Friday however was another story as the contest director Steve Gunn finally called the ‘Downwinder’ a go at about 4:00. The contestants were already in the water staying loose in the 2-3′ surf wowing the crowd in the building wind doing ‘tailslides’, ‘off the lips’, ‘aerial transitions’ and ‘barrel riding’. Under blue skies the horn was blown and rounding the first buoy was Jessie in the lead followed by Damien Leroy and Jeff Kafka. Tracking the leaders at speeds up to 25 mph the 5 miles from Roads End to Nelscott Beach didn’t take much more than 20 minutes before the leaders rounded the last buoy with only 20 seconds separating them and headed to the beach. 1st. Jessie Richman-Maui 2nd Damien Leroy-Florida 3rd Jeff Kafka-Nor Cal.

The amateur division finished in the next flock with Tony Bolstad from Stevenson, Washington taking 1st his wife Carol Bolstad taking 2nd and 17y.o Josh Brady from Langlois, Oregon taking 3rd. The ‘Media Dinner-Awards Banquet’ took place Friday night and was generously provided by the ‘Chinook Winds Casino’ with phenomenal food and hospitality along with a slide show-music provided by award winning photographer Richard Hallman of his exploits documenting snow kiting in Alaska, kiting all over the world and some shots of Lincoln City’s own ‘Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic’ the Premier big wave tow in contest in the world and set to run again this fall.

Even though everyone didn’t get all the wind they hoped for the contestants all left with a smile on their face knowing that they would be back and that Fridays tease showed the potential of this ‘World Class’ venue and the Lincoln City Aloha was present everywhere in town. The organizers would like to thank “The Chinook Winds Casino, Liquid Militia Clothing, Oregon
Sports Authority, Red Bull, Russo Surfboards, Nelscott Reef Surf Shop, Beth Sears Glass Center, Wind Over Water Kite School and all the contributing Motels and Restaurants that made this event possible along with all the volunteers who gave their time to make this work.

eUpdate – LIVESTRONG, Travel Portland Award, Wakeboarding and Blackberry Curve Challenge

Unite with the Lance Armstrong Foundation to pick a fight with cancer. On June 29, thousands will descend on the Nike World Headquarters for the LIVESTRONG Challenge, the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s signature fundraising event. Brought to Portland by the Oregon Sports Authority in 2005, the 10, 40, 70 and 100-mile bike ride, plus 5K run/walk, will raise money and awareness to inspire and empower the nearly 12 million Americans living with cancer today.

Participating in the LIVESTRONG Challenge will help give people battling cancer the hope, help and inspiration they deserve. So go ahead, pick a fight. Register today!

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