Worthy Causes

Portlanders doing good
by: Courtesy of Bryan Hoybook This Northwest Shootout April 2 raises money for youth sports programs.

Sports fans will want to catch the action this Saturday at the 18th annual Northwest Shootout, a fundraiser that benefits about a dozen local athletic and fitness programs for at-risk youth.

Hosted by Multnomah Athletic Foundation, the event pits graduating senior all-stars from Oregon and Washington against each other for state bragging rights.

The presenting sponsor is Dick's Sporting Goods. The Multnomah Athletic Foundation strives to give everyone a chance to play sports in organized, supervised programs.

Some of the organizations that received grants and scholarship funding from last year's event include: Peninsula Little League, Hacienda Community Development, Oregon Disability Sports, Cascade AIDS Project Camp Starlight, Salvation Arm Biddy Basketball, De La Salle High School, Peninsula Wrestling; Big Brothers/Big Sisters Columbia NW; Bike First; and First Tee of Portland.

The April 2 Shootout begins with the girls' game at 4 p.m., followed by the boys' game at 6 p.m. It'll be held at the University of Portland's Chiles Center, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. Tickets are $10 and $5 for students, available through TicketMaster outlets and at the door.

For more information, visit maf.org.

At least 1,000 students from around the state will rally at Grant High School on April 9 in an event designed to foster greater inclusiveness among middle and high school students in Oregon.

Project UNIFY, a national Special Olympics initiative, is sponsoring the rally. The program encourages student-led grassroots activities that include all students, regardless of their differences.

The rally will feature guest speakers, entertainment, activities and discussions about promoting inclusiveness. Each attendee will also receive a free ticket to the Nike Hoop Summit basketball tournament to be held later that evening at the Rose Garden. The rally is free to students and their families.

To register, call Jean Hansen at Special Olympics Oregon, 503-248-0600. Free transportation is available to groups that need it. The event is set for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Grant High School, 2245 N.E. 36th Ave.

For more information, visit soor.org.

Portland's 24-hour nonprofit classical radio station, All Classical 89.9 FM (KBPS), will hold a fundraising concert April 9 to benefit the station.

The program, called The Killer B's (the title comes from the names of founding guitarists), highlights the talents of Oregon Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki and Seattle clarinet sensation Sean Osborn, playing music by Beethoven, Brahms and The Beatles.

Tickets, available at boxoffice tickets.com and at the door, range from $15 to $20. Seating is limited. The concert is set for 8 p.m. at The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave.

For more information, visit allclassical.org.