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eUpdate – Portland MLB Announcement, NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional and Pro Sports Forum

Portland Diamond Project (PDP), the organization behind the effort to bring Major League Baseball to Portland, recently announced it has signed an agreement in principle with the Port of Portland to develop the Port’s 45-acre Terminal 2 property north of the Pearl District.  PDP unveiled stunning renderings of an iconic, state-of-the-art ballpark along the Willamette River, which has the potential to become a transformative Portland landmark.

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Portland Diamond Project Announces Agreement to Develop Terminal 2 Property

Portland Diamond Project (PDP), the organization behind the effort to bring Major League Baseball to Portland, today announced it has signed an agreement in principle with the Port of Portland to develop the Port’s 45-acre Terminal 2 property, according to PDP Founder and President Craig Cheek.

“We believe this has the potential to be a transformative landmark project for this city,” Cheek said. “Building an iconic, state-of-the-art ballpark along the Willamette River will catalyze economic development and capture great views of both the urban scale of the city and regional character of the Pacific Northwest.”

This letter of intent with the Port kicks off a collaborative process with the City of Portland, and local communities, to create a Major League Baseball ballpark and community destination.

“We’re committed to building a sustainable, equitable, and accessible ballpark that reflects what makes Portland such a special place to live,” Cheek said. “That means outstanding locally sourced food and beverage amenities, environmentally sustainable construction and operations, opportunities for makers and small businesses, and an atmosphere that celebrates diversity and inclusion and is welcoming to all Portlanders.”

Terminal 2, which for decades handled commodities such as steel rail, bulk ores, and other oversized international cargo, offers approximately 45 acres of riverfront property with more than 2,000 linear feet of waterfront. The site is located on N.W. Front Ave., just north of the Pearl District and rapidly evolving Slabtown.

“For the past year, we’ve been highly focused on securing the best possible property for development of a ballpark and have deeply analyzed multiple sites,” Cheek said. “Although additional options continue to present themselves, we are excited to announce that Terminal 2 is our preferred location and want to thank the Port of Portland for being such a great partner in this vision.”

eUpdate – IndyCar, Olympic Trials, Little League Softball and Big-time Golf

The Oregon Sports Authority is excited to welcome big-time auto racing back to our region when the stars of IndyCar race to the finish in the 2018 Grand Prix of Portland over Labor Day weekend.  The second-to-last race on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule will take place on August 31 – September 2 at Portland International Raceway, along with several other races and an exciting fan festival.  This will be the first professional open-wheel event at PIR since the Champ Car World Series raced on the 12-turn course in 2007.  The Grand Prix of Portland promises to produce an exciting three-day experience for race fans, as well as millions of dollars in economic impact and valuable international exposure for our region.

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Eugene to host 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field

Eugene has been selected by the USATF Board of Directors as the site of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field.

Showcasing more than 1,000 Olympic-hopeful athletes competing for the right to represent the United States at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field are slated for June 19-28, 2020, at Hayward Field. With eight days of competition over a 10-day span, the Trials will be contested in a new, state-of-the-art Hayward Field, slated for completion in the spring of 2020. Just over one year later, Hayward will again take center stage when the country welcomes the world to the state of Oregon for the 2021 IAAF World Championships.

“No domestic event is more important to athletes and fans than the Olympic Trials,” USATF Chairman of the Board Steve Miller said. “The 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials is even more critical because it will lead off an unprecedented opportunity to elevate track & field in this country. Having continuity in location as we move from the Olympic Trials into 2021 will enhance and amplify everything around the sport in the United States, from marketing and promotions to operational efficiencies.”

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field is the world’s largest and best track meet outside of the Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships and is a collaboration between the U.S. Olympic Committee and USATF. Led by CEO Michael Reilly, TrackTown USA will serve as the local organizing committee for the Olympic Trials.

“The USOC is pleased with the selection of Eugene as the host of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials,” USOC Chief of Sport Performance Alan Ashley said. “From a performance perspective, the USOC’s top considerations are that the Olympic Trials provide the best competitive experience to athletes and serve as a platform to select the best Olympic Team possible. Eugene is a well-established host, and we look forward to the 2020 Olympic Team that will be selected there.”

“We could not be more excited to host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials,” TrackTown USA CEO Reilly said. “We are confident that the Eugene-Springfield community, our public and private partners, and the fans who travel from across the country will ensure an extraordinary atmosphere for this event. A new, state-of-the-art Hayward Field on the beautiful University of Oregon campus will be a perfect setting for the athletes striving to become a part of the World’s #1 Track & Field team.”

Eugene and the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field have been the previous site of six U.S. Olympic Team Trials, the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, sixteen NCAA Outdoor Championships and the annual Nike Prefontaine Classic.

The 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field is part of an Olympic qualifying journey that also includes the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon, which will be held February 29, 2020 in Atlanta. The site of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – 50 km Race Walk, will be announced in coming weeks.

ABOUT U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS

A collaboration between the United States Olympic Committee and its National Governing Bodies, U.S. Olympic Team Trials are held in multiple sports prior to each edition of the Olympic Games and allow athletes to vie for the honor of representing Team USA. Often the last stop in an athlete’s journey to the Olympics, the Trials also offer fans an up-close experience with America’s sports heroes before they go on to compete on the world’s biggest stage. Selection procedures for each sport are developed by the NGBs in concert with the USOC and follow parameters set forth by each International Federation.

eUpdate – Portland’s Future Marathon, TrackTown Youth League Championship, Wine Country Half Marathon, Oregon Sports Awards

The Oregon Sports Authority recently submitted a formal proposal to conduct the City’s of Portland’s new annual marathon beginning in 2019.  Our board of directors and staff are very excited about this unique opportunity, and we believe the Oregon Sports Authority offers a compelling vision to produce a world-class event — one that is beloved by local residents and visitors, showcases the best of our city and fully engages the community.

— July 20, 2018

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News Release – Winners Announced for 66th Oregon Sports Awards

Top Oregon professional and amateur athletes, teams, coaches, administrators, and supporters were honored at the 66th annual Oregon Sports Awards, hosted by Nike and presented by Hewlett-Packard. University of Oregon alum and Hall of Famer, Jordan Kent, hosted the event at the Stanford Theatre at Nike World Headquarters. NBC Sports Northwest aired a live broadcast of the show, covering the red carpet, pre and post events as well.

Award winners were selected through a statewide voting panel consisting of TV, radio and sports journalists, and respected sports professionals. The Oregon Sports Awards also recognized high school and college athletes using the power of sports to make a difference in the community through the Play It Forward Award and Fund, sponsored by Nike and Providence Health & Services.

See below for a full list of the 2017-18 Oregon Sports Awards winners:

Prep Football Player of the Year: Talanoa Hufanga, Crescent Valley (5A)

Prep Volleyball Player of the Year: Chloe Brown, Southridge (6A)

Prep Soccer Player of the Year (Female): Emma Treasure, Jesuit (6A)

Prep Soccer Player of the Year (Male): Johnny Rodas, Lakeridge (6A)

Prep Cross Country Runner of the Year (Female): Kelly Makin, Sunset (6A)

Prep Cross Country Runner of the Year (Male):  Andrew Monroe, Crater (5A)

Prep Wrestler of the Year: Travis Wittlake Jr., Marshfield (4A)

Prep Basketball Player of the Year (Female):  Cameron Brink, Southridge (6A)

Prep Basketball Player of the Year (Male): Marcus Tsohonis, Jefferson (6A)

Prep Swimmer of the Year (Female): Kaitlyn Dobler, Aloha (6A)

Prep Swimmer of the Year (Male): Casey McEuen, Lebanon (5A)

Prep Golfer of the Year (Female): Tya Seth, Lake Oswego (6A)

Prep Golfer of the Year (Male): Craig Ronne, Klamath Union (4A)

Prep Tennis Player of the Year (Female): Elizabeth Stevens, Tigard (6A)

Prep Tennis Player of the Year (Male): Peter Murphy, Jesuit (6A)

Prep Track Athlete of the Year (Female): Shelby Moran, Sherwood (6A)

Prep Track Athlete of the Year (Male): Micah Williams, Benson (6A)

Prep Baseball Player of the Year: Larson Kindreich, Crater (5A)

Prep Softball Player of the Year: Abby Doerr, Marist (5A)

Prep Lacrosse Player of the Year (Female): Ella Smith, Jesuit (6A)

Prep Lacrosse Player of the Year (Male): Sam Handley, Jesuit (6A)

Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year: 6A-5A (Female): Cameron Brink, Southridge (6A); Kelly Makin, Sunset (6A)

Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year: 6A-5A (Male): Talanoa Hufanga, Crescent Valley (5A)

Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year: 4A-1A (Female): Baylee Touey, North Valley (4A)

Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year: 4A-1A (Male): Travis Wittlake Jr., Marshfield (4A)

Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year (Female): Jessa Perkinson, Southern Oregon University – Women’s Track & Field

Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year (Male): David Ribich, Western Oregon University – Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field

Bill Hayward Amateur Athlete of the Year (Female): Sabrina Ionescu, University of Oregon – Women’s Basketball

Bill Hayward Amateur Athlete of the Year (Male): Nick Madrigal, Oregon State University – Baseball; Norman Xiong, University of Oregon – Men’s Golf

Harry Glickman Professional Athlete of the Year (Female): Shalane Flanagan, Bowerman Track Club; Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns

Harry Glickman Professional Athlete of the Year (Male): Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers; Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers

George Pasero Team of the Year: University of Portland Men’s Cross Country; George Fox University Women’s Track & Field; Portland Thorns

Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year: Rob Conner, University of Portland – Men’s Cross Country; Mark Parsons, Portland Thorns

Game Changer | Dedication to Prep Sports Award: Paula Toney, Burns High School

Lou Burge Special Olympics Athlete of the Year: Shawn Hinz, Corvallis, Oregon

DNA | Dedication to Oregon Sports Award: Drew Mahalic, Oregon Sports Authority

Play It Forward Award Winners: Javondre’ Cole, Jefferson High School; Nathan Braaten, Oregon State University; Taylor Ricci, Oregon State University

To learn more about the Oregon Sports Awards, visit www.OregonSportsAwards.com and follow @ORSportsAwards on Twitter.

eUpdate – TrackTown Youth League Championship, Oregon Sports Awards

More than 500 kids representing 125 communities from across the Northwest will converge this Saturday under the lights at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon for the 2018 TrackTown Youth League Championship, presented by Providence Sports Medicine.  The TrackTown Youth League Championship will be the final track meet to take place within the current confines of Historic Hayward Field, which will be transformed into the finest track and field facility in the world over the next two years.  Saturday’s special event will mark the culmination of 15 free all-comer track meets across Oregon for kids ages 7-14, with the top two finishers in each event and age group earning a qualifying spot in the Championship.

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News Release: TrackTown Youth League Championship Meet Saturday

More than 500 kids representing 125 communities from across the Northwest will converge this Saturday, June 9 under the lights at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon for the 2018 TrackTown Youth League Championship, presented by Providence Sports Medicine.  The TrackTown Youth League Championship will be the final track meet to take place within the current confines of Historic Hayward Field, which will be transformed into the finest track and field facility in the world over the next two years.  Saturday’s special event will mark the culmination of 15 free all-comer track meets across Oregon for kids ages 7-14, with the top two finishers in each event and age group earning a qualifying spot in the Championship.

The TrackTown Youth League Championship meet will begin at 7:00 p.m., following the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships.  A live webcast of the Championship meet will be shown online at tracktownyouthleague.com.  More than 2,300 kids — including many who had never before tried track and field — participated this April and May in TrackTown Youth League meets in Bend, Coos Bay, East Portland, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Medford, Newberg, North Portland, Salem, Warrenton and Willamina.

Now in its fifth year, the TrackTown Youth League was created in 2014 by the Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA to encourage Oregon youth to become healthy and active members of the community, inspire them to have Olympic-sized dreams and further Oregon’s position as the spiritual home for track and field in this country.

“The TrackTown Youth League provides a tremendous opportunity for boys and girls across Oregon to be introduced to the joys of running, jumping and throwing,” said Vin Lananna, President of TrackTown USA. “We are thrilled to welcome them to Historic Hayward Field to compete in this Championship and to provide them with an opportunity to watch the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships earlier in the day.”

The TrackTown Youth League is supported by: Providence Sports Medicine, Beynon Sports, Willamette Valley Track and Field, Oregon Sports Action, Comcast, NBC Sports Northwest, Youth Runner Magazine, Oregon Road Runners Club, Enterprise Holdings Foundation and the Clark Foundation.

The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation facilitates increased physical activity among Oregon’s youth through sports, physical education, and related programs with an emphasis on opportunities for underserved youth through advocacy, financial support, and program creation.

TrackTown USA is a Eugene-based non-profit organization committed to setting a standard of excellence in the sports of track and field and running.  It has been instrumental in bringing some of the world’s most prestigious track and field events to the state of Oregon.

For more information: tracktownyouthleague.com

eUpdate – TrackTown Youth League, Northwest Shootout, USA BMX Nationals

The 2018 TrackTown Youth League, presented by Providence Sports Medicine, begins Monday, April 16 in Newberg with the first of 15 free all-comer track meets for kids ages 7 to 14.  Meets will occur throughout April and May in North Portland, Hood River, Coos Bay, Willamina (new location!), Hillsboro, Medford, La Grande, Warrenton, Salem, Eugene, East Portland, Klamath Falls, Bend and Hermiston.

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eUpdate – U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships Start Tomorrow

The 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships will begin tomorrow afternoon and run through Saturday evening at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, as the Oregon Sports Authority and Oregon Skating Council host 1,600 skaters from 89 of the nation’s top synchronized skating teams.  The sport of synchronized skating features a rare combination of athleticism, artistry and teamwork, with up to 20 skaters performing choreographed routines in unison.

eUpdate – U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, Oregon Sports Summit

Next month the Oregon Sports Authority will serve as a co-host to 89 of the nation’s top synchronized skating teams at the 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, on February 22-24 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  The sport of synchronized skating features a rare combination of athleticism, artistry and teamwork, as up to 20 skaters perform complicated routines on the ice in unison.  View our 30-second video to learn more about this fascinating sport, along with insightful stories from ESPNW and The New York Times.

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News Release: Portland to Host 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships

Portland is set to host the 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships on February 22-24 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  The event will bring more than 1,600 figure skaters from 89 of the nation’s top synchronized skating teams, and serve as the U.S. selection event for the 2018 World Synchronized Skating Championships.  Tickets, starting at just $25 per day plus applicable service fees, are now on sale at rosequarter.com.

Synchronized skating consists of teams of eight to 20 skaters on the ice performing routines in unison.  Teams are judged on their ability to work simultaneously, choreographing circular, linear, block, wheel, and intersection elements to music.  Teams are required to perform difficult step sequences involving a number of complicated turns and movements.  Skaters range in age from 9 to 65.  Teams will qualify for the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships at two sectional competitions taking place this week in Estero, Florida, and next week in Wichita, Kansas.

“We are honored that U.S. Figure Skating has entrusted Portland to host this prestigious event,” said Bill Cloran, president of the Oregon Skating Council and co-chair of the Local Organizing Committee.  “The amazing athleticism and artistry displayed by synchronized skating teams is truly an awesome sight to witness in person.”

This will be the first time that Portland has hosted the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, after hosting the 2016 Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships and the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  The event is expected to attract more than 5,000 visitors, generating approximately $2.3 million in economic impact for the area.  U.S. Figure Skating will work with the Oregon Skating Council, Oregon Sports Authority, Travel Portland and Rose Quarter to produce the championships.  Local sponsors include Bank of the West, Morel Ink and Providence Sports Medicine.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome so many skaters to Portland,” said Jim Etzel, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority.  “This is a national championship event that will be very exciting for Oregonians to witness, as well as a tremendous economic impact for our hotels, restaurants and retail businesses at the perfect time of year.”

More information about the championships, including a schedule of events, can be found at ussynchrochampionships.com.

More Information on Synchronized Skating

2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships Coming to Portland (30-second video):
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ESPNW Video: The Haydenettes: The dynasty you’ve never heard of

The New York Times: A move to the front of the line

eUpdate – New Executive Director, Dam City Classic, Synchronized Skating Tickets and PK80 Highlights

The Oregon Sports Authority is excited to announce the hiring of sports marketing and events veteran Jim Etzel as our new Executive Director, beginning January 1, 2018.  Jim is native Oregonian and the founder, CEO and Chairman of ETZEL Agency, a national live event and brand experience firm headquartered in Portland.  He brings to the Oregon Sports Authority more than 30 years of leadership experience in sports and event marketing and management. 

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Oregon Sports Authority Selects Sports Marketing and Events Veteran Jim Etzel as New Executive Director

The Oregon Sports Authority announced today that it has selected sports marketing and events veteran Jim Etzel as its new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2018.  A native Oregonian and the founder, CEO and Chairman of ETZEL Agency, a national live event and brand experience firm headquartered in Portland, Etzel brings to the Oregon Sports Authority more than 30 years of leadership experience in sports and event marketing and management.  Etzel will step down as CEO of ETZEL Agency to join the Oregon Sports Authority.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Jim as our new Executive Director,” said Oregon Sports Authority President Doug Obletz.  “His unique skill set, strong local ties and extensive network of industry contacts put him in an ideal position to take the organization to even greater heights.”

Etzel has a proven track record of winning major-league event business and cultivating fruitful partnerships with diverse organizations and properties – ESPN, College Football Playoff, USA Today/Gannett, TrackTown USA, Nike, adidas, MLS and NBC Sports Northwest.  Etzel’s expertise, relationships in sports at every level, passion for excellence and fresh perspective set the stage for a new era of success at the Oregon Sports Authority and an exciting future lineup of events for Oregon sports fans and stakeholders.

“I’m truly excited, honored and proud to have been selected to lead this fantastic organization, which has worked so hard to make Oregon relevant on the national sports scene, and to utilize my years of experience and breadth of contacts to build on the success Drew Mahalic has built,” said Etzel.  “The Oregon Sports Authority has immense potential to positively impact our state economically and emotionally through sports; that’s a vibrant opportunity on which I’m incredibly excited to capitalize.  I look forward to working with the board, staff and stakeholders in creating opportunities for Oregon and our communities through sport.”

Etzel’s hire was formally approved yesterday by a unanimous vote of the Oregon Sports Authority board of directors.  Etzel replaces Drew Mahalic, who has served in the Executive Director role for a remarkable 22-year run.  As part of a transition plan put in place earlier this year, Mahalic will remain with the organization as a special consultant through March 31 to assist with the transition.

eUpdate – PK80, IndyCar, Thorns Championship, Cirque du Soleil

In the summer of 2012, Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis began to form plans for an unprecedented 16-team men’s college basketball event in Portland, all to honor Nike’s Phil Knight and celebrate his 80th birthday.  The Oregon Sports Authority welcomed the visionary concept and provided early support to efforts that helped pave the way from vision to reality.  Now – more than five years later – PK80 is almost here. 

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eUpdate – Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Disaster Relief, Street Soccer USA and New Members

The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame will induct a class of six new members during its annual induction ceremony on Tuesday, September 19.  This year’s class includes: two-time Olympic Decathlon gold medalist and five-time World Champion Ashton Eaton, Olympic Heptathlon medalist and World Champion Brianne Theisen-Eaton, longtime Roseburg High School football coach Thurman Bell, adaptive sports paralympic swimming gold medalist Aaron Paulson, the 2002 University of Portland Women’s Soccer Team (NCAA College Cup champions), and the 2006 and 2007 Oregon State University Baseball Teams, College World Series champions.

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eUpdate – Little League Softball, WinCo Foods Portland Open, Cambia Portland Classic

Little League softball teams from the U.S., Canada, the Philippines, Czech Republic and Puerto Rico are in Portland this week to compete in the 2017 Little League Softball World Series at Alpenrose Dairy. The action began earlier today and will culminate next week with the semifinals and finals, broadcast live on ESPN2. A total of 10 teams are participating in the event, including hometown favorite South Beaverton Little League.

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eUpdate – Hillsboro Hops to Host All-Star Game, Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon, World Footbag Championships

The Hillsboro Hops will host the 2017 Northwest League vs Pioneer League All-Star Game at Ron Tonkin Field on the evening of August 1, the culmination of three days packed with All-Star festivities. The All-Star Game pits many of the best young prospects in baseball from the Northwest League and Pioneer League, with a total of 14 MLB franchises represented.

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Job Opening – Executive Director

The Oregon Sports Authority is currently seeking candidates to apply for the position of Executive Director. Under the guidance of the Oregon Sports Authority Board of Directors, the Executive Director serves as the organization’s lead staff person, responsible for executing the vision of the board, managing the organization’s finances and overseeing a four-person staff.

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eUpdate – TrackTown Youth League Championship, My Title 9

More than 450 kids representing 125 communities from across the Northwest will converge this Saturday evening at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon for the 2017 TrackTown Youth League Championship presented by Providence Sports Medicine. This very special meet will mark the culmination of 14 free all-comer track meets across Oregon for kids ages 7-14, with the top two finishers in each event and age group earning a qualifying spot in the Championship.

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eUpdate – Portland to host NCAA Basketball Tournament, TrackTown Youth League and Urban Clash Games

We are thrilled to announce that Oregon State University has been selected to host three NCAA Basketball Tournament events at the Moda Center between 2019 and 2022.  Portland will host the NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional in 2019 and 2020, and the NCAA Men’s Basketball first and second rounds in 2022.  In partnership with Oregon State University, the Rose Quarter and Travel Portland, the Oregon Sports Authority is honored to be part of the team bringing March Madness to Portland!

eUpdate – TrackTown Youth League, NW Shootout, Rose Festival Half Marathon, USA BMX

The 2017 TrackTown Youth League, presented by Providence Sports Medicine, heads to Hillsboro this week, after debuting last Tuesday in Hermiston.  The second of 14 free all-comer youth track meets across Oregon will take place Saturday morning at Century High School, followed by meets this month in Newberg and North Portland.  Top finishers at each meet will advance to the TrackTown Youth League Championship on June 10, following the conclusion of the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon.

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eUpdate – Synchronized Skating Championships, TrackTown Youth League Schedule, USA Badminton Masters International

The Oregon Sports Authority is excited to announce that U.S. Figure Skating has selected Portland to host the 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 22-24, 2018.  The event will attract nearly 100 of the top synchronized skating teams in the country, totaling more than 1,600 competitors.  Teams from across the nation will descend on Portland to vie for national synchronized skating titles and the chance to advance to the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.

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News Release – Portland selected to host 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships

U.S. Figure Skating announced the selection of Portland, Oregon, as the host city for the 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships February 22-24, 2018. Competition will be held at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The event, which has been held every year since 1984, plays host to the top synchronized skating teams in the country. Over 1,600 competitors from nearly 100 teams will descend on Portland for five days to vie for a U.S. synchronized title. The event is used as a selection event for the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships which will be held in April in Stockholm, Sweden.

This will be the first time that Portland has hosted the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. The city was the site of the 2016 Midwest and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships and the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

The event expects to attract more than 5,000 visitors, generating over $1.5 million of economic impact for the area.

U.S. Figure Skating will work with the Oregon Skating Council, Oregon Sports Authority, Travel Portland and Rose Quarter to produce the event.

News Release: Masters Int’l Championships Head to the Northwest

The Oregon Badminton Academy, with support from the Oregon Sports Authority and Washington County Visitors Association, will host the 2017 U.S. Masters International Championships in Portland, Oregon on May 18-21, 2017.

The Oregon Badminton Academy is a dedicated badminton facility with 20,000 square feet and a 30-foot ceiling height, creating a perfect environment for serious and dedicated badminton players.

The Oregon Sports Authority and Washington County Visitors Association are working closely with the Oregon Badminton Academy to present a first-class visitor experience for all attendees of the U.S. Masters International Championships. One of the nation’s hottest tourism destinations, the Portland region offers world-class food, the nation’s best airport, and the breathtaking scenery of Mt. Hood, the Oregon Coast and Oregon wine country – all just a short drive away.

For more information, visit usabmasters2017.com

eUpdate – PK80 Tickets, Oregon Sports Summit and USA Curling

All-session and Moda Center only ticket packages are now available for “PK80,” the Phil Knight Invitational, featuring 16 of the best men’s college basketball teams competing in two tournaments at the Rose Quarter this November.  Secure your seats now to see the deepest collection of college hoops talent ever assembled at one location: Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State, UCONN, Florida, Georgetown, Oregon, Stanford, Texas, Oklahoma, Gonzaga, Butler, Ohio State, Arkansas, Portland State and the University of Portland.

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eUpdate – Roller Derby Championship, Big Wave Surfing and Tennis Legends

Portland will host the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association 2016 World Championship this week, as 16 roller derby teams from across the globe compete for glory on November 4-6 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The current WFTDA World Champions, Rose City Rollers’ Wheels of Justice, will attempt to defend their title against elite teams from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Broadcast live on ESPN3, the International WFTDA Championship is a three-day event that brings together the most talented, highly-trained skaters and teams from WFTDA member leagues around the world for the chance to compete for the the title of World Champions.

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Roller Derby Teams Visiting Portland for World Championship Expected to Generate $1.4 Million in Economic Impact

Portland is set to host the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) 2016 World Championship this week, as 16 roller derby teams from across the globe compete for glory on November 4-6 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Local hotels, restaurants and retail businesses are poised to see substantial benefits from an estimated $1.4 million economic impact generated by WFTDA teams, officials and fans, during what is typically a slower time of the year. The economic impact estimate provided by Travel Portland includes both visitor expenditures and event organizing costs.

“We are very excited to be hosting the world championships,” said Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic. “It is the perfect time of year to bring an economic boost to our community and we have no doubt that Oregonians will embrace the competition with unmatched enthusiasm.”

The current WFTDA World Champions, Rose City Rollers’ Wheels of Justice, will attempt to defend their title against elite teams from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Fans from all over the world will have the chance to explore the city the Rose City Rollers call home while watching top-notch derby. Broadcast live on ESPN3 and WFTDA.tv, the International WFTDA Championship is a three-day event that brings together the most talented, highly-trained skaters and teams from WFTDA member leagues around the world for the chance to compete for the Hydra trophy and the title of World Champions.

“Rose City Rollers is thrilled to host the World Championships of derby here in Portland,” said Kim Stegeman, Rose City Rollers Executive Director. “We love showcasing all that makes Portland weird and wonderful while folks also get to see the best derby in the world.”

For more information on the games, advancing teams, and how to get to the most anticipated tournaments of the year, check out the WFTDA’s tournament webpage: https://wftda.com/tournaments/2016

Today’s eUpdate – Phil Knight Invitational College Hoops, Hillsboro to Host All-Star Game

The Rose Quarter will host one of the greatest events in college basketball history next November: PK80 — the Phil Knight Invitational, featuring 16 of the best men’s college teams in the nation.  Participating teams include Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State, UCONN, Florida, Georgetown, Oregon, Texas, Gonzaga, Portland State and the University of Portland.  PK80 will honor Nike co-founder and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Knight in advance of his 80th birthday.  Two eight-team tournaments, consisting of three games per team, will run simultaneously in the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum, ultimately crowning two champions. All games will be televised on ESPN networks.

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eUpdate – Oregon Olympians shine in Rio, WinCo Foods Portland Open, Urban Clash

A remarkable 55 Olympians with ties to Oregon participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, highlighted by a multitude of exhilarating medal-winning performances.  Portland resident and Oregon grad Matthew Centrowitz shocked the world by taking home gold in the men’s 1,500-meter race, the first U.S. runner to do so since 1908.  Oregon native Ashton Eaton earned his second consecutive gold medal in the decathlon, once again cementing his title as the world’s greatest athlete, while his wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton won bronze in the heptathlon.

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Davis Cup brings fans, money, attention to the Beaverton area

The ball is tossed skyward.

The tennis racket sweeps forward at speed.

The ball is struck.

But what happens next? Is it an ace, a fault, a whiff or something in between?

Following the Davis Cup event at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, that same question is worth asking about Beaverton.

With the city hosting one of the highest-profile events in professional tennis for the first time, how did it go? Ace, fault, whiff or tweener?

According to all the parties that brought the event — officially known as the World Group Quarterfinal — to Beaverton, the result was the planning-and-execution equivalent of a 135-mph John Isner ace.

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eUpdate – Wine Country Half Marathon, TrackTown Youth League Championship, International Soccer in Eugene

The Oregon Sports Authority and Destination Races are pleased to invite you to join nearly 2,000 runners at the seventh annual Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon on Saturday, August 13 in the scenic and serene wine country of Yamhill County. The Half Marathon strolls through the back roads of the Yamhill Valley as runners are guided through a vineyard-lined adventure brimming with small town charm and stunning sunrise views. The unique experience is capped off with a lively wine and music festival at the finish in downtown Carlton.

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Portland Marathon

The Portland Marathon has been building a tradition, earning a reputation and we invite you to join the fun! Our goal has always been to produce the best event possible, and provide a memorable marathon or half marathon experience for each and every one of our runners and walkers. And to top it all off, we send our finishers home with great mementos – the most and best participant perks anywhere!

eUpdate – Davis Cup Tennis, TrackTown Youth League, Footvolley and More

In partnership with the United States Tennis Association and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, the Oregon Sports Authority is pleased to announce that the U.S. Davis Cup Team will face Croatia in the 2016 Davis Cup Quarterfinal on July 15-17 at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.  The men’s pro tennis team event will feature two singles matches on July 15, a doubles match on July 16, and two more singles matches on July 17.

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Portland to host Davis Cup quarterfinal tie with Croatia

The last time Team USA played Davis Cup tennis in Portland, Ore., the U.S. captured the biggest prize in the game. Nine years on from its 2007 finals victory, the red, white and blue will descend on Oregon with its eye on the trophy once again.

The Davis Cup will return to the Portland area this summer for the first time since America’s 2007 title triumph over Russia as the U.S. hosts Croatia in the World Group quarterfinals, July 15-17. The U.S.-Croatia winner advances to the World Group semifinals, held Sept. 16-18.

Matches will be played at the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD) Tennis Center, subject to final approval by the International Tennis Federation.

This is the fourth time that the greater Portland area has hosted Davis Cup. Portland’s Memorial Coliseum played host to the last three ties, including the 2007 Davis Cup Final, where Andy Roddick, James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan won the U.S.’s 32nd Davis Cup title. The Memorial Coliseum also hosted Davis Cup in 1981 and 1984; on both occasions, the U.S. defeated Australia.

“Portland holds a special place in U.S. Davis Cup history, when we won the title here in 2007,” said USTA Chairman, CEO and President Katrina Adams. “We are thrilled to bring world-class tennis back to the area with Beaverton as our host and to help grow the game in this community. We look forward to fans filling the stands and coming out to cheer on Team USA as we try to move one step closer to the Davis Cup trophy once again.”

The USTA, which partnered with the Oregon Sports Authority to bring the event to Beaverton, will construct a 6,000-seat stadium around the current main court at the THPRD Tennis Center. This will be the United States’ first home tie since 2014; the U.S. team competed on the road against Great Britain and Uzbekistan last year and defeated Australia in Melbourne in this year’s first round.

The best-of-five match series begins on Friday, July 15, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the doubles match. And the final day of play on Sunday features the two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off, followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match.

All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

U.S. Davis Cup Team Captain Jim Courier will select the four players to represent the United States no later than 10 days prior to the event, with top-ranked American John Isner, Jack Sock, Sam Querrey and the Bryan brothers among the potential players. Croatia is likely to be led by 2014 US Open singles champion Marin Cilic, who is currently ranked No. 11 in the world.

Croatia holds a 3-0 record over the United States in Davis Cup, one of only three countries to hold a winning record over the U.S. The U.S. last faced Croatia in the 2009 World Group quarterfinal in Porec, Croatia, which Croatia won, 3-2, behind Cilic and Ivo Karlovic.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome the return of the Davis Cup back to the Portland area following the U.S. Davis Cup championship match hosted here nine years ago,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO, Oregon Sports Authority. “We look forward to hosting the most prestigious tennis event in the world this coming July and we know all tennis fans in Oregon and the Northwest will be ecstatic about the opportunity to witness the best in tennis once again.”

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, June 3, at 10 a.m. PT. An exclusive presale for USTA members will take place on Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 2. From Friday, June 3, through Thursday, June 23, only three-day ticket packages will be sold at prices ranging from $90 to $500 ($30 to $166 per day), representing the greatest initial ticket value.

Beginning on Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. PT and pending availability, fans will then have access to single-day tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday, with prices ranging from $40 to $175 per day. Fans are encouraged to purchase three-day ticket packages to take advantage of the best prices and to ensure availability.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.usta.com/daviscup or by calling 888-484-USTA (8782). Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the World Group quarterfinal.

2016 TrackTown Youth League schedule announced

The Oregon Sports Authority is pleased to announce the 2016 TrackTown Youth League schedule, with 14 free all-comer track meets across the state for kids ages 8-14. View the full schedule below and go to the TrackTown Youth League website for more information.

2016 TrackTown Youth League Schedule

May 7 – Hood River

May 18 – Coos Bay

May 22 – North Portland

May 24 – Eugene

May 27 – Klamath Falls

June 1 – Warrenton

June 3 – La Grande

June 6 – East Portland

June 8 – Beaverton

June 11 – Medford

June 16 – Bend

June 18 – Hermiston

June 18 – Salem

June 20 – Newberg

July 9 – Championship!

Citifyd Demonstrates Tech Forward Parking Service at Portland Trail Blazers Digital Showcase Event

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Citifyd, a pioneering digital platform that streamlines event parking, has been retained by the Portland Trail Blazers as one of its key digital partners and was featured this week at the Trail Blazer’s Digital Showcase event at Portland’s Moda Center. Citifyd’s parking solution, which is now available to Trail Blazers ticket holders, comes from a close collaboration between the two partners to develop a technologically advanced parking amenity that creates greater efficiencies and less parking anxieties for game day commuters and parking operators.

The Trail Blazers have been incrementally rolling out Citifyd’s parking solution to ticket holders at the Moda Center since November last year through the Citifyd app, which is available on iOS and Google Play. As a result, select fans now benefit from an array of parking options within the Moda Center such as pre-purchased and on-demand parking, transfer, cancellation and waiting list features.

“Trail Blazers fans want to focus their time on enjoying the game and the surrounding amenities, and knowing they have greater control over their parking through Citifyd’s full feature platform brings greater convenience and peace-of-mind,” said Vincent Ircandia, Trail Blazers Senior Vice President of Business Operations. “We’re excited to have Citifyd be part of the Trail Blazers successful digital strategy as we continue to engage the best technological experiences for our fans.”

Additional features from the Citifyd service include SmartBeacon™ Bluetooth-enabled technology which removes the need for scanners and at-gate cash or credit transactions, further reducing commute times for fans. The partnership will also soon include expansion into the East/West garage at Moda Center, effectively allowing ticket holders to book and manage parking at more than 90% of the total available parking space.

“Working with forward-thinking teams like the Trail Blazers, whose aim is to create the best experience for their fans through the most effective technology, is the perfect partnership for us“, said Citifyd CEO, Sohrab Vossoughi. “Not only does Citifyd create a better commuting and parking experience for fans but event organizers realize higher customer loyalty and engagement leading to increased revenue.”

Citifyd’s web and mobile parking platforms facilitate transactions between drivers, parking providers and local businesses. By offering efficient management of parking inventory and providing more choice and control for parking customers, Citifyd creates optimized parking operations for large-scale events. Citifyd’s products also provide businesses with integrated and localized information to increase customer engagement through targeted and customized offers.

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About Citifyd: Citifyd was created in 2014 to help reduce the anxiety of daily commuting and is the only real-time, end-to-end digital solution created specifically for event parking. Using patented technologies and methods, Citifyd facilitates transactions between drivers, parking providers, and nearby businesses. It allows drivers to find and pay for parking while optimizing operations for parking providers, and offering targeted customer engagement for nearby businesses. Citifyd’s web and mobile parking platforms enable pre-purchased and on-demand parking creating greater convenience, less anxiety and more engaged event-goers. The result for providers is more efficient management of parking inventory, higher customer loyalty and engagement, increased revenue, and lower operational costs. Created by Sohrab Vossoughi, Citifyd is part of Ziba Labs, the incubator program within Ziba Design in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at www.citifyd.com

eUpdate – World Indoor Track & Field Championships, USA BMX Nationals and Upcoming Events

Portland will become the center of the track and field universe this month as the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships take place on U.S. soil for only the second time in history, March 17-20 at the Oregon Convention Center.  Approximately 600 athletes from 169 countries around the globe will descend on Portland to compete for world titles and take the first step toward the Road to Rio and the 2016 Summer Olympics.  The action begins next Thursday evening with Opening Ceremonies and the men’s and women’s pole vault competitions, staged in a temporary 7,000-seat stadium inside the convention center.  Limited tickets to the World Indoors are still available – make your plans to help welcome the world to Portland!

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eUpdate – Synchronized Skating Next Week, World Track & Field Championships and More

We are pleased to offer you special access to discounted tickets for the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships on January 27-31 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum! Witness a rare combination of sport and spectacle as more than 2,400 skaters – ranging in age from 7 to 74 – compete in U.S. Figure Skating’s largest annual event and one of the largest figure skating events in the world.

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eUpdate – Timbers in MLS Cup, Return of the Far West Classic, Portland State in FCS Playoffs

The Portland Timbers are preparing to face Columbus Crew SC this Sunday in MLS Cup – Major League Soccer’s championship match – with a chance to claim the league title in just their fifth MLS season. The Timbers epic playoff run has been highlighted by moments of incredible soccer drama, including “the greatest penalty kick shootout in MLS history.” The championship match will be shown live on ESPN on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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eUpdate – Synchronized Skating, Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Upcoming Events

This January, more than 100 synchronized skating teams will travel to Portland for the 2016 Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. This is U.S. Figure Skating’s largest annual event and one of the largest synchronized skating events in the world. Tickets are now on sale and we are pleased to offer you special discount codes (SYNCHRO for one-day tickets; SKATE for all-session tickets), good until December 1. Get your tickets today!

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Inaugural Play It Forward Grant, Awards Celebrate Getting Kids Active

Oregon Sports Awards is proud to announce the launch of the inaugural Play It Forward Award and Fund, sponsored by Nike and Providence Health & Service. Nike and Providence are committed to helping kids be physically active as an integral part of building healthier communities, and are partnering to recognize and award outstanding efforts to get kids moving in Oregon.

Unfortunately, fewer and fewer kids have the opportunity today to benefit from positive youth sports experiences and physical activity. One barrier to getting kids moving more is a lack of engaging and inspiring role models. Nike and Providence Health & Services hope to overcome this challenge by celebrating individuals and nonprofits that are already doing this important work through the Play It Forward Award and Fund.

The Play It Forward Award
Between September 2015 to May 2016, the Play It Forward Award will recognize one high school and one college athlete each month for the great work they are doing to give back to their communities across Oregon. Students can be nominated by a community member, teacher, or parent, or they can self-select to be considered for the monthly honor.

Mary Beth Barnum was named the Play It Forward Award High School Athlete of the Month for September 2015. Mary Beth is a senior soccer player at Saint Mary’s High School in Medford and has volunteered on a regular basis since the sixth grade at the TOP Soccer Outreach program. TOP provides adaptive physical education to children who may not qualify for organized sports or club activities due to behavioral or physical limitations. TOP connects kids in small groups of two to three people, with a coach who leads exercise and game activities to facilitate teamwork, social interaction and physical activity. Mary Beth coordinates the coaches for the program, assigns kids to coaches and acts as a coach herself, while also participating in program design. Dave Potter, the program director in Medford, says that Mary Beth is the single most important volunteer.

Parkes Kendrick was named the Play It Forward Award College Athlete of the Month for September 2015. Parkes is a junior soccer player at the University of Portland and volunteers regularly with the Immigrant Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) and Portland Parks & Recreation. Last summer Parkes volunteered for IRCO as a summer school literacy teacher for immigrant and refugee students–in the morning she taught students English grammar and vocabulary, and in the afternoon she lead recreational soccer. One of her most important responsibilities during this activity was to foster a welcoming environment for all cultures and backgrounds, making sure that the students were good teammates to everyone, regardless of another person’s country of origin or English proficiency. Parkes also volunteered with Portland Parks & Recreation for the annual Portland World Cup for immigrants and refugees. She played a behind-the-scenes role helping organize rosters, order equipment and set up the event. Parkes hopes to organize and coach a team of Nepali and Burmese girls for next summer’s tournament.

To be nominated for the Play It Forward Award, the student athlete must:

• Be a high school or college student who is a member of an athletic team at their school
• Average a minimum of four community volunteer hours per month with an organization or program that gets kids active through sports or physical activity
• Demonstrates initiative and drive, by going beyond expected school responsibilities

The monthly award nominee (two per month—one high school athlete, and one college athlete) will be announced at the beginning of each month. This student-athlete will receive a certificate recognizing their accomplishment as well as media coverage in the local news.

At the annual Oregon Sports Awards in June 2016, the first official Play It Forward Award will be given to one student selected from the 18 athletes recognized throughout the 2015-2016 school year and that student will be recognized at the annual Oregon Sports Awards event at Nike’s World Headquarters.

The first honorary Play It Forward award was given to Marcus Mariota – who inspired Oregonians through his achievements on the field and through his generous commitment of time to kids in Eugene at the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley.

Details about the nomination process and the nomination norm can be found at Oregonsportsawards.com/playitforward.

The Play It Forward Award Fund

Positive experiences in sport and physical activity are critical to developing healthy kids and building healthy communities. That’s why as part of the Play It Forward Award, presenting sponsors Nike and Providence Health & Services have also donated a combined $50,000 ($30K from Nike and $20K from Providence) to kick start the new Play It Forward Award Fund managed by the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation.

The Play It Forward Award Fund supports non-profit organizations that are providing access to physical activity and sport opportunities for youth throughout Oregon. This funding will support organizations focusing on elementary and middle school youth.

The goal of this fund is to increase access to sport across the state of Oregon, targeting those with the least opportunity. This fund will give ten $5,000 grants, one per month, to deserving organizations throughout the 2015-2016 school year. Over the course of the year we will aim for geographic, ethnic and economic diversity for funded organizations.

The first grant cycle opened on Aug. 24, 2015 with grant applications being accepted on a rolling basis until May 30, 2016. Projects can only apply once during this time period.

Kids Riding Bikes is the Play It Forward Award Fund recipient for September 2015. Kids Riding Bikes engages youth by combining a part of every student’s life – technology – with a physical activity that is appropriate for all skill levels. Single speed bicycles are placed on a computerized trainer that report distance, speed and power on a large screen. This gamification provides instant, real-time feedback. During the four-week course students are able to track their progress and growth.

The small-group format (eight students per session) encourages kids to enjoy the social aspect of working towards a goal together while allowing the freedom of individual achievement. The multi-week format allows participants to build on the previous week in both length and intensity. Kids Riding Bikes Portland is modeled after a successful program in Indianapolis, run by Nine13. The program is effective because it does the following:

• Provides the program at no cost to students.
• Reaches students where they are already located, in existing institutions
• Does not require students to have special equipment or clothes beyond athletic footwear
• Presents physical activity in combination with technology

The program serves Portland Public Schools three days per week and an outlying area including institutions in Washington and Clark County the other two days per week. This program targets Title 1 schools and institutions that serve under-privileged youth.

The Grant Selection Committee is comprised of Nike and Providence Health & Services employees, a representative from the Oregon Sports Awards and a representative from the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation.

Grant guidelines for the Youth Sports Fund can be found at oregonsportsawards.com/playitforwardaward

Portland to Host 2016 Midwestern & Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships

This January, more than 100 synchronized skating teams will travel to Portland for the 2016 Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. This is U.S. Figure Skating’s largest annual event and one of the largest synchronized skating events in the world. The event is slated to run January 27-31, 2016, with tickets going on sale October 17 at rosequarter.com.

The event is being organized locally by the Oregon Skating Council, Oregon Sports Authority, Rose Quarter and Travel Portland. With more than 4,000 skaters, coaches and family members attending, it will generate a profound economic impact for the region, expected to exceed $3 million. Currently 18 Portland-area hotels are under contract to host the visiting teams.

“We’ve already had more than 6,000 room nights booked by the synchronized skating teams and are expecting a multi-million dollar impact for our community in what is typically a slower month for tourism,” Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority, said.  “Portland hotels, restaurants and retail businesses will be absolutely packed with synchronized skaters and their families visiting from across the country.”

Synchronized figure skating consists of teams of 8-20 skaters on the ice performing routines in unison. Skaters range in age from 5 to 75, with the majority of competitors between the ages of 8 and 22. Last year the International Skating Union formally proposed that synchronized skating be added as an Olympic sport. While Portland previously hasn’t had a synchronized skating team in recent years, several young figure skaters from the area will begin practicing next month in an effort to form a juvenile team that will compete in their hometown during the sectional championships.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this unique and exciting skating competition,” Celia Chan, co-chair of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), said. “We invite Portland-area residents to come see a stunning display of athleticism and passion for the sport of figure skating.”

The Portland LOC recently produced a brief video to illustrate the unique nature and upbeat atmosphere of this special event.

Volunteers & Sponsors Needed
Group and individual volunteers are needed to help stage the championships, including many volunteer positions that do not require figure skating knowledge.  Those interested can visit 2016midpacsynchrosectionals.org for additional information.

There are also opportunities for local businesses to become involved through sponsorship and vendor booth opportunities. Please e-mail info@oregonsports.org for additional information.

eUpdate – NWSL Championship, Hops Win Title, Play It Forward, Race the Reaper

Building on its well-deserved reputation as the one of the world’s top cities for women’s soccer, Portland will host the National Women’s Soccer League’s Championship match between Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City on October 1 at Providence Park. The Reign are led by former University of Portland and current U.S. Women’s National Team star Megan Rapinoe, while FC Kansas City features four members of the recent Women’s World Cup squad, including Lauren Holiday, Becky Sauerbrunn and Amy Rodriguez.

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Play It Forward Award Fund Announced

Positive experiences in sport and physical activity are critical to developing healthy kids and building healthy communities. That’s why as part of the Play It Forward Award, presenting sponsors Nike and Providence have also donated a combined $50,000 to kick start the new Play It Forward Award Fund managed by the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation.

The Play It Forward Award Fund supports nonprofit organizations that are providing access to physical activity and sport opportunities for youth throughout Oregon. This funding will support organizations focusing on elementary and middle school youth.

The goal of this fund is to increase access to sport across the state of Oregon, targeting those with the least opportunity. This fund will give ten $5,000 grants, one per month, to deserving organizations throughout the 2015-2016 school year. Over the course of the year we will aim for geographic, ethnic and economic diversity for funded organizations.

To apply for a grant, please click below.

Walk to end Alzheimer’s – Albany

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.

eUpdate – U.S. Women’s Amateur, Little League Softball, Big-time Golf and FAST Camp

History will be made this week as 156 women’s golfers from around the globe compete in the 115th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the historic and challenging Portland Golf Club. The action teed off yesterday with stroke play and will transition to match play tomorrow through Sunday until a champion is crowned. Come see the future stars of golf up close as they pursue their dreams – admission, parking and shuttle service are all compliments of the Portland Golf Club!

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eUpdate – TrackTown Youth League, Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon and More

More than 200 kids from 70 cities across the Northwest descended on Hayward Field in Eugene last month for a very special evening of track and field at the 2015 TrackTown Youth League Championship presented by Providence Health & Services. The Championship meet served as a celebration of the sport of track and field in Oregon, after more than 1,000 kids competed in 12 TrackTown Youth League all-comer meets across the state this spring.

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Cedar Creek Beach Challenge

An out and back course down the beach toward Bob Straub State Park, you are sure to be distracted by brown pelicans, eagles, seals and even whales in the shadow of the majestic Haystack Rock and beautiful Cape Kiwanda. Held as close to low tide as possible, the run is held on hard packed sand, but you many encounter pools of tidal water and uneven ground. After all, this is the BEACH! The Beach Challenge is a fund raiser for the local community’s child care center and is put on by an all volunteer Board and Staff.

Oregon Youth to Compete Saturday in TrackTown Youth League Championship

More than 240 kids representing 70 cities across the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington will converge Saturday, June 27 at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon for the 2015 TrackTown Youth League Championship presented by Providence Health & Services. The meet will begin at 7:00 p.m., following the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships.

Saturday’s event will mark the culmination of 12 free all-comer track meets across Oregon for kids ages 8-14, with the top finishers in each event and age group earning a qualifying spot in the Championship. More than 1,000 kids — including many who had never before tried track and field — participated this spring in TrackTown Youth League meets held in Bend, Coos Bay, Corvallis, East Portland, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, La Grande, Medford, North Portland and Warrenton/Astoria. The number of total participants more than doubled that of last year’s inaugural season.

The TrackTown Youth League was created by the Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA to encourage Oregon’s youth to become healthy and active members of the community, inspire them to have Olympic-sized dreams and further Oregon’s position as the spiritual home for track and field in this country.

“We are thrilled to share a little bit of the magic of TrackTown USA with young people across the state of Oregon,” said Vin Lananna, President of TrackTown USA.

“We are delighted to have had more than 1,000 kids from across the state participate in TrackTown Youth League meets this spring,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority. “So many of them got their first introduction to a very accessible sport, one which has come to define our state.”

The TrackTown Youth League is supported by: Providence Health & Services, Willamette Valley Track and Field, Oregon Sports Action, Comcast, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Youth Runner Magazine, Oregon Road Runners Club and the Clark Foundation.

— News Release, June 25, 2015

eUpdate – TrackTown Youth League, Portland Thunder, NCAA Track & Field Championships

The 2015 TrackTown Youth League season got off to a fantastic start this week as 70 kids descended on the Marshfield High track in Coos Bay to compete in the venue made famous by legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine. Created by the Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA, the TrackTown Youth League presented by Providence Health & Services is a series of FREE all-comer track meets across Oregon, open to all boys and girls ages 8-14. Kids of all ability levels are encouraged to participate in the meets, with top finishers advancing to the Championship meet at Hayward Field during the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships on June 27.

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TrackTown Youth League Announces 2015 Schedule

The Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA are proud to announce the 2015 TrackTown Youth League presented by Providence Health & Services, a series of 12 all-comer youth track meets across the state this spring.  TrackTown Youth League meets are free of charge and open to boys and girls 8-14 years of age.  No prior track and field experience is needed.  Top finishers from each meet will advance to the TrackTown Youth League Championship meet on June 27 at Hayward Field during the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Eugene.

The first TrackTown Youth League meet takes place next Tuesday, May 12 at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, followed by meets in North Portland on May 24, Hermiston on May 30 and Hillsboro on May 31.  Meets in June will take place in Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Hood River, La Grande, Medford, East Portland and Warrenton/Astoria.

Participants from all Oregon communities are encouraged to sign up at tracktownyouthleague.com or in person prior to each meet.

Events include the 100 meters, 400 meters, 1,500 meters, long jump and turbojav.  The Championship meet, held under the lights at Hayward Field on the evening of June 27, will coincide with the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, offering Oregon youth an unprecedented opportunity to be connected with the best track and field athletes in the United States.

“We are thrilled to share a little bit of the magic of TrackTown USA with young people across the state of Oregon,” said Vin Lananna, President of TrackTown USA.  “I encourage kids of all ability levels to come out to our meets this spring.”

The TrackTown Youth League is a partnership formed by the Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA to encourage Oregon’s youth to become healthy and active members of the community, inspire them to have Olympic-sized dreams and further Oregon’s position as the spiritual home for track and field in this country.  Local track and field organizers in each community are coordinating the TrackTown Youth League meets.

Tanna Stewart, a 7th grader at Sunridge Middle School in Pendleton who participated in the Hermiston and Championship meets last year, expressed her excitement for the opportunity to compete again this year.

“I had a wonderful time,” said Stewart.  “It was a truly perfect experience and I can’t wait for the chance to return!”

More than 500 kids throughout Oregon participated in the inaugural TrackTown Youth League in 2014, culminating with a special championship meet at Hayward Field during the IAAF World Junior Championships.  View video and photos of last year’s meets.

“We are excited to expand from seven to 12 cities and hope to attract more than 1,000 kids from across the state to participate in TrackTown Youth League meets this spring,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority.

Members of the media are welcome to attend TrackTown Youth League meets — please notify Chad Colwell at 805.990.5731 prior to the meet.

The TrackTown Youth League is supported by: Providence Health & Services, Willamette Valley Track and Field, Oregon Sports Action, Comcast, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Youth Runner Magazine, Oregon Road Runners Club and the Clark Foundation.

2015 TrackTown Youth League Schedule
May 12: Coos Bay – Marshfield High School
May 24: Portland – Roosevelt High School
May 30: Hermiston – Hermiston High School
May 31: Hillsboro – Liberty High School
June 3: La Grande – Eastern Oregon University
June 8: East Portland – David Douglas High School
June 9: Bend – Summit High School
June 13: Eugene – University of Oregon
June 15: Hood River – Hood River High School
June 16: Medford – St. Mary’s School
June 17: Corvallis – Corvallis High School
June 22: Warrenton/Astoria – Warrenton Grade School
June 27: Championship – University of Oregon

The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation facilitates increased physical activity among Oregon’s youth through sports, physical education, and related programs with an emphasis on opportunities for underserved youth through advocacy, financial support, and program creation.

TrackTown USA is a non-profit organization based in Eugene that has been instrumental in making Oregon the destination for track and field in the United States.

– News Release, May 8, 2015

eUpdate – World Track & Field Championships Awarded to Oregon, TrackTown Youth League and Urban Clash Games

The IAAF’s crown jewel of track and field, the World Championships, will be held in the United States for the first time in 2021. In a special vote earlier today in Beijing, the 27-member IAAF Council awarded the 2021 World Championships to the United States and the state of Oregon. USA Track & Field, the national governing body for the sport in this country, the City of Eugene and local organizing committee TrackTown USA will host the meet at the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field.

— April 16, 2015

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Eugene, TrackTown USA to host 2021 IAAF World Championships

The IAAF’s crown jewel of track and field, the World Championships, will be held in the United States for the first time in 2021.

In a special vote at its meetings in Beijing, the 27-member IAAF Council awarded the 2021 World Championships to the United States and the state of Oregon. USA Track & Field, the national governing body for the sport in this country, the City of Eugene and local organizing committee TrackTown USA will host the meet at the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field.

It marks the first time in the 33-year history of the IAAF World Championships that it will be contested on U.S. soil. The 2019 IAAF World Championships were awarded to Doha, Qatar, last November in a close vote that saw the U.S. bid garner significant attention and support.

IAAF President Lamine Diack announced the decision Thursday in Beijing.

“We are humbled by the bold leadership shown by the IAAF Council,” TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna said. “We are thrilled to be able to welcome the world in 2021. We want to thank the IAAF for their decision, and we also want to thank the people of Oregon for their unwavering support. In hosting this meet at historic Hayward Field, on the beautiful University of Oregon campus, we believe we can ignite a spark that will leave a lasting legacy for track and field for generations to come.”

The 2021 World Championships will be the third IAAF championship event to be held in Oregon in the span of seven years. The highly acclaimed IAAF World Junior Championships Oregon14 made its U.S. debut in TrackTown USA last summer and the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on March 18-20, 2016.

“We are deeply honored to be given the opportunity to host the world’s greatest track and field athletes on U.S. soil,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “We thank President Diack and the IAAF Council for entrusting this meet to the United States. Team USA has established itself as the most successful track and field team in the world. We now have the opportunity and duty to rise to the same level as hosts of these championships.”

The IAAF World Championships – a biennial nine-day competition featuring the world’s finest track and field athletes – will be the largest sporting event in the world in 2021, with nearly 2,000 participants representing as many as 213 different countries from around the world.

The 2021 IAAF World Championships will join a long list of prestigious track and field events held in TrackTown USA. The University of Oregon has welcomed five U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials – including Eugene 08 and TrackTown 12, with a sixth coming in July of 2016 – the annual Prefontaine Classic, multiple USA Outdoor Championships and the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships through 2021.

— TrackTown USA News Release, April 16, 2015

Portland to Host 2016 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship

Portland has secured the bid for one of the biggest LGBT sporting events in the world, the 2016 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship.

Portland, a surprise choice when pitted against a rival proposal from New York, won the bid after an extended deadline and a multi-agency effort to to bring the tournament to the Northwest.
The Net Rippers Football Club, an LGBT soccer club in Portland, were chosen by the IGLFA, after 17 cities originally expressed interest (Full disclosure: GoLocalPDX reporter Annie Ellison is a member of the Net Rippers).

“Traditionally, tournaments have been in bigger cities, with more established LGBT soccer clubs,” said Net Rippers FC President Sammy Rodriguez. “It’s the first big event we are holding and it will give the world a chance to know the Net Rippers.”

The fields were donated, participating hotels nailed down, and partnership letters signed by a team of civic, corporate and community entities including Nike, Travel Portland, Oregon Sports Authority, Portland Parks and Recreation, Oregon Adult Soccer Association, Portland Area Business Association, and CC Slaughters.

— GoLocalPDX, April 3, 2015; click below to view the entire story

eUpdate – NCAA Tournament Teams Announced, World Indoor Track Championships Celebration

March Madness is about to descend on Portland as eight of the nation’s best college basketball teams compete for a chance to advance to the Sweet Sixteen at the Moda Center this week. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship tips off Thursday as the 5th ranked Arizona Wildcats take on Texas Southern, followed by a terrific match-up between VCU and Ohio State.

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Vortex Half Marathon and 10K Trail Run

Run Wild Adventures together with Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept are hosting the annual “Vortex” Half Marathon and 10K trail runs at Milo McIver State Park. What does the Vortex mean? Vortex is the only state sponsored rock festival in US history that took place in 1970 at McIver park in Estacada!

eUpdate – NCAA Tournament, Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon and Annual Report

The Oregon Sports Authority is thrilled to once again join the University of Oregon, Rose Quarter and Travel Portland to host the preliminary rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in Portland on March 19 and 21. While we don’t yet know which teams are coming to Portland, we do know from past experience that fans can expect to see dramatic finishes, legendary coaches and a frenzied collegiate atmosphere unlike any other.

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eUpdate – Cyber Monday Offer for March Madness, Welcome New Members and Upcoming Events

In partnership with the University of Oregon, Rose Quarter and Travel Portland, the Oregon Sports Authority is thrilled to be hosting the second and third rounds of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship next March at Moda Center. Thanks to a special Cyber Monday promotion available now through December 3, you can save 10% off tickets in the 300 level and be a part of March Madness in Portland! Get NCAA Tournament tickets for yourself and your favorite sports fan using the offer code: MERRY

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eUpdate – Portland Marathon, NBA All-Star Bid, TrackTown Youth League, USA Fencing

Runners and walkers from all 50 states and 29 countries will descend on Portland this weekend for the Portland Marathon, Sports and Fitness Expo, Portland Marathon Half, 10K Family Walk, Event Directors’ College and Kids’ Fun Run & Festival. While the main events are sold out, registration is still open for the Kids’ Fun Run & Festival on Saturday morning at the Lincoln High School track. There are four Fun Run events ranging from ¼-mile to 1-mile for kids between the ages of two and 12, along with a festival featuring an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, healthy snacks and appearances by Timber Joey, Blaze the Trail Cat, and Barley from the Hillsboro Hops.

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— September 30, 2014

Volunteer at the Portland Marathon, USA Fencing North American Cup

There are several volunteer opportunities available for Portland Marathon Weekend on October 3-5, including registration at the expo, volunteering at the start/finish area, medical volunteers, aid stations and more!

This October Portland is again hosting a national fencing tournament, the USA Fencing North American Cup on October 10-13!

Please visit the link below for more information about volunteering at both of these events.

Trail Blazers submit bid to host NBA All-Star Game

Trail Blazers fans have long dreamed that Portland may one day welcome the best and brightest in the NBA by way of hosting an NBA All-Star Weekend. And on Thursday, the team took steps to make that dream a reality by submitting a bid to host either the 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Rip City.

“For our fan base, it’s long overdue, particularly in one of the few cities that has yet to actually host an NBA All-Star game,” said Chris Oxley, General Manager of the Rose Quarter. “This, quite frankly, could be the single-most significant sporting event or event in general that the city has every had the ability to host. I think that’s very meaningful in terms of Portland taking it to the next level as a host of future major events.”

The theme of the bid, which was submitted to the NBA on Wednesday and entitled “We Got Next,” promotes Portland as the 10th fastest growing city in the United States while noting major sportswear companies like Nike, adidas and Columbia are based in the area. The materials also call out Portland’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge while noting over 400 wineries and 60 breweries are all within an hour’s drive.

“True to being from Portland,” said Oxley, “the bid is very unique, very creative and I think different than what other cities would put together.”

Chris McGowan, President and CEO of the Trail Blazers, has been steadfast since taking the helm back in 2012 that bringing an All-Star Game to Portland was one of the organization’s priorities.

“Consistent with what we’ve said from Day One is when the opportunity to bid on any available All-Star Game occurs, we’d obviously put our best foot forward and bid,” said McGowan. “So we were kind of waiting until the opportunity presented itself, which happened three months ago.”

Since then, the Trail Blazers and the Rose Quarter have worked with with City of Portland, Metro, the Oregon Convention Center, Travel Portland, the Oregon Sports Authority and local hotels to craft the bid and assure that the logistical challenges that hosting an NBA All-Star game poses can be met.

“The NBA is not just looking for the team to play the lead role,” said Oxley. “They’re looking for a cohesive unit from the host team bid community to put the right bid together. As a basketball organization, we don’t have the ability to do this in and of ourselves. All of these guys are the legs on the stool to make this thing happen.”

A lack of hotel rooms in a centralized location has been one of the main reasons Portland has never been seriously considered to host the All-Star Game. But with a new convention center hotel currently in the works, the one nearly insurmountable obstacle to the Trail Blazers’ bid no longer exists.

“As we looked at this, it became clear to Chris (Oxley) and I that there really aren’t tremendous hurdles,” said McGowan. “The city is fully capable of hosting an All-Star game, the region is fully capable and we, obviously, have an arena and a campus and the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum and a Convention Center and eventually a convention center hotel all in very close proximity to each other.”

But even though McGowan and Oxley feel like they a strong case to bring an All-Star game to Portland, there’s also a number of other teams that would argue the same.

“The only hurdle would be, I’d say, competition amongst other teams that are bidding for this,” said McGowan. “We’ve heard there are anywhere from six to 10 other franchises bidding. Getting the NBA open-minded to coming to Portland — they’ve been on record saying that they would be willing to look at an All-Star Weekend in Portland.”

There is no deadline for the NBA to make the decision, though McGowan said he expects to hear from the league “sometime this year.” Until then, Trail Blazers fan will have to keep their fingers crossed that their All-Star dreams will finally come true.

— August 14, 2014

eUpdate – Dew Tour on Broadway, Big-time Golf and World Disc Golf Championships

A three-block stretch in the heart of downtown Portland will be transformed this weekend into an epic action sports setting for the Dew Tour’s Toyota City Championships. Top skateboard and BMX athletes are returning to their roots to ride a downhill streetstyle course on SW Broadway between Jefferson and Salmon. A BMX Dirt competition and Skateboard Best Trick event get things going on Saturday evening, followed by Streetstyle BMX and Streetstyle Skateboarding on Sunday. Both days of the Dew Tour are completely free for spectators to attend!

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— August 14, 2014