Tickets are going fast for the Oregon Sports Awards, and the demand is likely to pick up now that Clyde Drexler is coming.
Drexler, the former Trail Blazers guard, will be a fitting guest star at the show, a celebration of the best in sports from the state in 2002.
Drexler is a five-time winner of one of the event's biggest awards. He was the Harry Glickman Pro Athlete of the Year in 1985, '89, '90 (with Terry Porter and Buck Williams), '91 and '92. No one has won any of the Oregon Sports Awards more often.
This year's event, the 51st (including 49 as the Hayward Banquet) is set for Sunday in the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Campus in Beaverton. A reception will be at 5:30 p.m., with the stage show at 7.
Among the 14 award categories, for men and women, are the Bill Hayward Amateur Athletes of the Year, the Glickman Pro Athletes of the Year and the Johnny Carpenter Prep Athletes of the Year.
Other awards will go to the state's top team, its best coach or administrator, and its finest male and female small-college athletes. In addition, the Nike-Steve Prefontaine Award will honor an outstanding senior high school distance runner, and Special Olympics Oregon will salute its most exemplary competitor.
A new honor, the Friend of Sports Award, will go to an individual, group or company that has made substantial contributions to local sports and/or events.
Merit awards also will be presented.
A sellout crowd of nearly 800 is expected.