Coalition releases poll: Portlanders support PE in schools

A coalition of health, education and business leaders, Save Portland PE, today released the results of a poll conducted over the last weekend by Davis, Hibbitts, & Midghall, Inc., which shows that 86 percent of Portlanders overwhelmingly oppose eliminating PE in elementary and middle Portland Public Schools as part of the district’s budget cutting. The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation on behalf of the Coalition commissioned the poll.

Last week, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith unveiled a budget reduction option that would eliminate physical education in all elementary and middle schools as part of the package to close a $19 million gap in state school funding.

“We know these are difficult times, but the decision to cut PE in elementary and secondary schools will have a lasting impact on our kids’ lives – now and into adulthood,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation, a member of the Save Portland PE Coalition. “We should all be working to improve the physical fitness of our young people. We believe there has got to be a better way and urge the school board to approach their budget options carefully.”

The Davis, Hibbitts, & Mighhall, Inc. poll shows that 65 percent of Portlanders are aware of the $19 million deficit currently facing Portland Public Schools. By a strong majority, Portlanders supported using a portion of the district’s $30 million in reserves to address the budget shortfall rather than eliminating PE. The survey was conducted June 26-27, 2010 and has a margin of error of 5-6 percent.

The Save PE Coalition includes Oregon Sports Authority Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Oregon Physical Education for All Kids (PEAK) Coalition, Community Health Partnership: Oregon’s Public Health Institute, NIKE, Inc., the Oregon Medical Association, Northwest Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Portland Trail Blazers, Providence Health & Services, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Upstream Public Health, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon: Interfaith Wellness Coalition PE teachers, parents, students, and health professionals.

The Save Portland PE Coalition noted that one in four Portland children is obese or overweight and that physical inactivity is a leading cause of obesity. Ending physical education programs for elementary and middle school children will wind up costing more in the long run as research shows unhealthy and overweight kids will need more medical care due to their being overweight and at a higher risk for serious conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

The rate of obesity in children has tripled in the last 20 years. If current trends continue in Oregon, 1 in 3 of today’s three-year-old children will develop diabetes at some point in his or her lifetime. For African American or Hispanic three-year-olds, the chance of developing diabetes is 1 in 2. Studies have shown that 40 percent of obese children and 70 percent of obese adolescents will become obese adults. Oregon taxpayers spend more than $781 million annually in health care related to obesity.

The Centers for Disease Control has given PE its highest recommendation as an effective intervention to promote physical activity. The Coalition also said PE boosts educational achievement, makes kids healthier and is an issue for of basic access, fairness and social justice.

Kids who are physically active are more likely to like to go to school, graduate from high school and have a higher GPA. PE has been proven to lead to improved grades and standardized test scores. Regular physical activity is also associated with increased life expectancy, increased academic performance and classroom behavior.

The Save PE Coalition has begun running ads on Portland radio stations including KINK, KEX, KKCW and KNRK, to encourage Portlanders to contact Portland School Superintendent Carole Smith and School Board members. A full-page ad is scheduled to run in The Oregonian on Tuesday, June 29, raising awareness about the issue and asking people to attend the Portland School Board meeting on Tuesday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. The School Board will meet at the Board Auditorium, Blanchard Education Service Center, 501 N. Dixon, Portland OR 97227. The Save Portland PE Coalition has also established social media tools at and

— June 28, 2010

Help save Portland PE

In Portland, nearly 1 in 4 children are overweight or obese.

The Portland School Board is now considering eliminating physical education in elementary and middle schools.

These are difficult times, but the decision to cut PE will have a lasting impact on kids’ lives today and into adulthood. At a time when America faces an epidemic of childhood obesity, cutting access to PE only makes things worse.

Please encourage the School Board and Superintendent to find a better way!


Superintendent Carole Smith:

School board members:
Ruth Adkins,
Pam Knowles,
David Wynde,
Trudy Sargent,
Bobbie Regan
Dilafruz Williams,
Martin Gonzalez,

School Board office: 503-916-3904

More info:

Let the School Board and Superintendent know why PE is important to you, to someone you know, or to the community.

Thank you for your support! Please follow the campaign to save Portland PE at

Star-studded lineup to compete at 2010 Skate America in Portland

Medalists from three of the four disciplines at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will take the ice at 2010 Skate America, to be held Nov. 11-14 at the Rose Garden.

Leading the way are American ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who captured the silver in Vancouver. The pairs field is highlighted by two-time World champions and Olympic bronze medalists Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany. Reigning World champion and Olympic bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan will shoot for his third Skate America title; he previously won the gold at the event in 2005 and 2007.

Other international competitors of note are 2008 World silver medalist Carolina Kostner of Italy, 2010 World bronze medalist Laura Lepistö of Finland and 2006 Skate America champion Nobunari Oda of Japan.

Three of the four reigning U.S. champions will compete in Portland as well. In addition to Davis and White, who have won the last two U.S. ice dancing titles, Rachael Flatt and pairs team Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett will take the ice.

The competition is presented by U.S. Figure Skating, the Oregon Sports Authority and the Rose Garden, with support from Travel Portland. The Rose Garden also served as the site of the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

2010 Skate America is the fourth of six competitions in the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Entries for all six events were announced Sunday, June 13 and can be viewed at

All-event ticket packages for 2010 Skate America are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone by calling 877.789.ROSE (7673) or in person at the Rose Quarter Box Office.


Amelie Lacoste (Canada)
Laura Lepistö (Finland)
Mae Berenice Meite (France)
Elene Gedevanishvili (Georgia)
Jenna McCorkell (Great Britain)
Carolina Kostner (Italy)
Kanako Murakami (Japan)
Min-Jung Kwak (Republic of Korea)
Viktoria Helgesson (Sweden)
Rachael Flatt (United States)
Caroline Zhang (United States)
TBA (United States)

Viktor Pfeifer (Austria)
Kevin van der Perren (Belgium)
Shawn Sawyer (Canada)
Nan Song (China)
Daisuke Murakami (Japan)
Nobunari Oda (Japan)
Daisuke Takahashi (Japan)
Denis Ten (Kazakhstan)
Adrian Schultheiss (Sweden)
Stephen Carriere (United States)
Adam Rippon (United States)
TBA (United States)

Kristen Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch (Canada)
Wenjing Sui/Cong Han (China)
Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (Germany)
Stacey Kemp/David King (Great Britain)
Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov (Russia)
Caydee Denney/Jeremy Barrett (United States)
Keauna McLaughlin/Rockne Brubaker (United States)
TBA (United States)

Ice Dancing
Vanessa Crone/Paul Poirier (Canada)
Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (Canada)
Stefanie Frohberg/Tim Giesen (Germany)
Alexandra Zaretski/Roman Zaretski (Israel)
Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (Italy)
Cathy Reed/Chris Reed (Japan)
Ekaterina Riazanova/Ilia Tkachenko (Russia)
Meryl Davis/Charlie White (United States)
Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (United States)
TBA (United States)

— June 21, 2010

Timbers introduce season ticket information, virtual venue for MLS

The Portland Timbers have introduced season ticket information and an online “virtual venue” feature that gives fans architecturally accurate views of every seating section available at PGE Park when the team begins play in Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2011.

The virtual venue feature at offers fans the ability to simultaneously compare 360-degree views from various seating sections and the opportunity to explore the exciting changes that will take place at PGE Park for the 2011 MLS season. Additionally, fans who have not already done so are able to place a $50 deposit toward season tickets for the 2011 season to gain priority status during the seat-selection process, which will take place over the coming weeks. The seat-selection process is as follows:

Segment I – Seat-selection process for existing 2010 Timbers full-season ticket holders begins Monday, June 28, at 9 a.m.
Segment II – Seat-selection for existing 2010 Timbers half-season and flex plan holders begins Monday, July 19, at 9 a.m.
Segment III – Seat-selection process for MLS 2011 depositors begins Wednesday, July 21, at 9 a.m.
Segment IV – Open public selection (non-season ticket holders and depositors) begins Monday, Aug. 2, at 9 a.m.

In segments I, II and III, fans have a 15-minute window to select their season seats; they also are able to log in any time after their scheduled appointment time to select seats.

Season tickets for the Timbers’ inaugural MLS season start at $99. In addition to tickets for 15 regular-season MLS matches in 2011, Timbers’ MLS season ticket holders will receive:

– Five (5) additional matches per season as part of the season ticket package
– Exclusive season ticket-holder gift
– Annual season ticket-holder appreciation event
– 10-percent discount at the Timbers Team Store
– Five (5) buy-one, get-one half-off coupons good for additional tickets to Timbers’ regular-season matches
– Special access to exclusive Timbers events

Also, the Timbers have introduced a new program to reward fans who invest in season tickets before Dec. 31, 2010. Known as “The Axe Society,” this new program offers several additional benefits at no extra cost, including special name-recognition on a commemorative display at the stadium, annual discounts at the Timbers Team Store, exclusive promotions and events for Axe Society members and a commemorative, inaugural-season gift.

Detailed information on Timbers season tickets for the 2011 season is available at

Skaters announced for 2010 Skate America at the Rose Garden

The International Skating Union (ISU) and U.S. Figure Skating announced Sunday the skater selections for the 2010 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, which will begin Oct. 22-24 with the NHK Trophy in Nagoya, Japan. The Grand Prix Series, which enters its 16th season, incorporates six prestigious international figure skating competitions as a unified point-scoring series that awards prize money to eligible skaters.

At the conclusion of the six events, athletes’ points are totaled, and the top six ladies, men, pairs and ice dancing teams are invited to compete at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. This year the Grand Prix Final will be held Dec. 9-12 in Beijing, China.

Ladies – Rachael Flatt, Caroline Zhang, TBD
Men’s – Stephen Carriere, Adam Rippon, TBD
Pairs – Caydee Denney & Jeremy Barrett, Keauna McLaughlin & Rockne Brubaker, TBD
Ice Dancing – Meryl Davis & Charlie White, Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani, TBD

eUpdate – World Cup Party, Skate America, USA Cycling Nationals

Join the Oregon Sports Authority at Director Park this Saturday to celebrate the 2010 FIFA World Cup as the U.S. takes on England in one of the most anticipated matches in the history of U.S. Soccer. “Soccer City Celebration” presented by McDonald’s will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the new Director Park at SW Park and Taylor in downtown Portland. The game will be shown live from South Africa on a picture-perfect 12′ by 17′ LED screen.

A beer garden will add to the festivities, and at halftime the Portland Timbers will unveil their new Major League Soccer logo for the very first time as the club makes the move to MLS next season. Apparel from adidas featuring the new Timbers crest will be available after the logo unveiling.

“Soccer City Celebration” also features several other viewing parties at area bars, and will culminate with the World Cup final shown live on a giant LED screen at Pioneer Square on Sunday, July 11. All of the viewing parties are free to attend – come experience the unparalleled pageantry, drama and intensity of World Cup soccer!

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World Cup viewing party for USA-England set for Saturday

This Saturday the Oregon Sports Authority, Portland Timbers, TAOW Modern Marketing and Alpha Broadcasting will host “Soccer City Celebration” presented by McDonald’s, featuring the USA-England World Cup match broadcast live on a 12′ x 17′ LED screen at Director Park in downtown Portland. The event is free to attend; a beer garden will add to the festivities and the current weather forecast for Saturday is sunny with a high of 82 degrees.

Adding to the excitement, the Portland Timbers will unveil the team’s new crest at halftime of the match on Saturday. The new logo symbolizes the Timbers ascent to Major League Soccer in 2011, proudly signifying Portland’s deserved place in top-flight soccer in the United States. New Timbers logo apparel from adidas will be available for purchase at Director Park immediately after the unveiling of the team’s new crest.

“Soccer City Celebration” also features several other viewing parties at area bars throughout the World Cup, and will culminate with the World Cup final shown live on a giant LED screen at Pioneer Square on Sunday, July 11. Visit for the full schedule.

Saturday, June 12
11:00 AM

Director Park
SW Taylor and Park Ave.
Downtown Portland

Red Bull Rivals

The format is simple; OSU Beavers vs. UO Ducks on-snow! Form a team of 15 people – with up to 2 wild card members and the rest made up of student athletes. The course will be in the slopestyle arena under the Pine Marten chair. Think a mixture between the Dirksen Derby fun rally course with obstacles to get creative with and jib on or ollie over, and a mix of the Big Wave Challenge with big sweeping banked turns, quarter pipes and spines. Teams judged on style, technicality & uniqueness.