Oregon Sports Awards honor the best
The best in the state from 2016-17 will be honored Sunday at the 65th Oregon Sports Awards.
The two-hour show starts at 7 p.m. in the Tiger Woods Center at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton.
Neil Everett of ESPN's SportsCenter will return as host.
The event recognizes professional and amateur athletes, coaches, teams and more.
Top honors include the Bill Hayward Amateur Athletes of the Year, the Harry Glickman Pro Athletes of the Year, the Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year, and the George Pasero Teams of the Year.
High schools again will have a huge role in the show.
The premier honors will go to the Johnny Carpenter Prep Athletes of the Year for both Class 6A/5A and Class 4A/3A/2A/1A, for their all-around athletic achievements throughout the year.
The top boys and girls in the Oregon School Activities Association-sponsored high school sports also will be honored, along with top performers in prep lacrosse, bringing the total of prep awards to more than 20.
Other awards to be announced include the Ad Rutschman Small College Athletes of the Year, the Game Changer Dedication to Prep Sports Award, the DNA Awards, the Lou Burge Special Olympics Athlete of the Year Award, and the Play It Forward Award, which honors the athlete who exemplifies the mission of giving back to the sports community by helping to get youth active.
The event began in 1948 as the Bill Hayward Banquet of Champions and was launched by the now-defunct Oregon Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. After being discontinued for five years, the event was reborn in 2001 with a new name — Oregon Sports Awards. At that time, various awards categories were added and the event turned into an ESPYs-style stage show rather than a banquet with a keynote speaker.
A statewide panel of sports media, athletic directors and experts selected the nominees and winners from around the state and at all levels.