Submitted by Olympia & Beyond Sports Commission
The Olympia & Beyond Sports Commission, a division of Experience Olympia & Beyond, presents the fourth annual Sports Awards. The awards recognize local athletes, coaches and game changers in our community.
Community members can nominate high school, college and recreational athletes or coaches for one of seven awards. Sports community leaders and influencers are also eligible for awards.
“We’re looking forward to continuing to recognize and celebrate our sports community this year. With so many sports modified, postponed and even cancelled, the Sports Awards give us an avenue to show these athletes, coaches, leaders and influencers that their community is behind them,” Jeff Bowe, Interim Executive Director for the Olympia & Beyond Sports Commission said.
Nominations are open until June 30, 2021, and can be submitted online.
A Sports Commission Advisory Committee comprised of local individuals who have an interest in the local sports community review all nominations. Winners will be announced at a virtual event later in the fall.
The 2021 Sports Awards
Men’s and Women’s Sports Star of the Year (College)
One female and one male athlete will be awarded. Nominees must have been enrolled any time from Spring 2020 to Spring 2021 in a full-time Thurston County college or be a native to Thurston County. Nominees must also have participated for a minimum of one year in at least one collegiate sport, and exemplify strong leadership, dedication and sportsmanship with good school behavior.
Boy’s and Girl’s Sports Star of the Year (High School)
One female and one male athlete will be awarded. Nominees must have been enrolled full-time in a Thurston County high school program between Spring 2020 and Spring 2021. Nominees must have participated for a minimum of one season in at least one organized sport (high school, club, etc.) and exemplify strong leadership, dedication and sportsmanship with good school behavior.
Nominees are passionate about the growth and success of sports in Thurston County. Nominees could be coaches, persons affiliated with nonprofit organizations, individuals, or major monetary donors to sports initiatives that to increase or improve sports access in Thurston County. Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to sports during the time between Spring 2020 and Spring 2021. Open to all ages.
Nominees can be a team or individual who has achieved national or local recognition for a sports moment from Spring 2020 to Spring 2021. Nominations should highlight an inspiring story, outstanding sportsmanship during a single event (match, game or championship) by a team or individual.
Nominees must be an individual (five years removed from High School) who resided in Thurston County for a minimum of five years and is 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. Nominees will have had a significant impact in the Thurston County sports community (prior or current collegiate or professional sports players may be included.)