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Feb 13

Trail Blazers Hand Out Hardware at Oregon Sports Awards

By AaronGrossman

From players to executives to ambassadors, the Trail Blazers were well represented on the podium last night at the 60th Annual Oregon Sports Awards.

It all started where it often starts for the Trail Blazers, President Larry Miller. Miller was honored with the opportunity to present the second-ever Terry Porter make it better Award to an athlete who performs above and beyond both in sports and the community. Gus Arroyo was that athlete. A four-year varsity track and cross country runner at David Douglas High School, Arroyo has performed more than 100 hours of community service as a volunteer youth leader for Camp Fire Columbia, where he has been asked to join the Board of Directors as one of only two youth members.

Next up was the legendary Bill Schonely, who, alongside Dwight Jaynes, presented the Game Changer Award. Given to an administrator, athletic director or coach who has dedicated his or her life to high school sports, this award found a deserving home with Rod Harman. Harman first dipped his toe into the pool as a swimming coach at Beaverton High School in 1959. Since then, his teams have claimed eight state championships and 10 runner-up trophies. He also led two water polo squads to the state title during the 1970s.

Then Trail Blazers Craig Smith and Elliot Williams hit the stage for one of the night’s most prestigious awards, the Harry Glickman Award for most outstanding professional athlete with an Oregon background or on an Oregon team. Named after team founder and current President Emeritus Harry Glickman, this award has been presented to some of sports’ biggest stars, including former Trail Blazers Brandon Roy, Clyde Drexler and Bill Walton. This year’s winners were no exception, as Boston Red Sox star center fielder and Madras, Oregon, native Jacoby Ellsbury and standout soccer player on the U.S. Women’s National Team and former University of Portland star Megan Rapinoe took the honors.

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