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.
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.
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.