Thurston County’s Sports Commission, a division of Experience Olympia & Beyond, presents the first annual Sports Awards. The awards recognize local athletes and game changers in our community.
Community members get the chance to shine the light on local athletes from high school, college to recreation or senior leagues through seven awards. Do you know of an amazing athlete, team or coach that deserves recognition? Nominations are open until May 31, 2018, and can be submitted online at http://bit.ly/2018SportsAwards. Winners will be announced at the 2018 Sports Awards from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on June 19 at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club. For the full list of awards, see below.
2018 Sports Awards:
Men’s Sports Star of the Year (College) and Women’s Sports Star of the Year (College)
Nominees must be a female or male athlete enrolled full-time at any time during the 2017-2018 school year in a Thurston County college or a native to Thurston County. Nominees must also have participated for a minimum of one year in at least one collegiate sport, exemplify strong leadership, dedication and sportsmanship with good school behavior.
Boy’s Sports Star of the Year (High School) and Girl’s Sports Star of the Year (High School)
Nominees must be a female or male athlete enrolled full-time in a Thurston County high school. Nominees must have participated for a minimum of one year in at least one high school sport, exemplify strong leadership, dedication and sportsmanship with good school behavior.
Contributor of the Year
Nominees must be passionate about the growth and success of sports in Thurston County and can include coaches, nonprofit organizations providing sports access to community individuals and/or large monetary donors to sports initiatives. Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to sports for a minimum of one year.
Sports Moment of the Year
Nominees can be a team or individual that has achieved national or local recognition for their sports moment during the 2017-2018 academic year. This moment would have taken place during a play in a single game or individual match or event for an individual or team. Nominees can include individuals with either inspiring stories, remarkable sports moments and or outstanding performances throughout the 2017-2018 season.
Thurston County Sports Legend
Nominees must be an individual (over the age of 18) that was born or resided in Thurston County for a minimum of five years and must be passionate about the growth and success of sports in Thurston County. The nominee must have maintained and continue to maintain ties to Thurston County through philanthropic events and/or financial donations to support sports in the community. Ideally, nominees would have played either collegiate or professional sports or had a significant impact on the Thurston County sports community.