Public voting for the 87th Annual Sportsstar of the Year Show – Sportspress Northwest – is ongoing

Two Sonics greats, Lenny Wilkens and Spencer Haywood, celebrate Wilkens’ selection for the Paul Allen Award for Community Service at the 78th Annual Star of the Year event at Benaroya Hall in 2013. / Scott Eklund, Red Box Pictures

The Sports Star of the Year Awards show, the longest-running celebration of its kind in the United States, is undeterred by COVID-19 and returns for its 87th renewal. Normally, the February 2022 edition presented by the Seattle Sports Commission will be broadcast live at the Westin Hotel on May 26 — hopefully out of the reach of the pandemic.

For the first time, FOX 13 and FOX 13+ will be recording and broadcasting/streaming the event in early June.

Voting for the three public prize categories in 2021 is online at sportsstarofthreyear.org/vote and closes at midnight on Sunday.

The three categories: Sports Star of the Year/Men, Sports Star of the Year/Women and Sports History of the Year.

Because of the pandemic, last year’s event was held virtually. An hour-long program was broadcast on KING, a milestone for the event, which was started in 1936 by Seattle Post-Intelligencer sports editor Royal Brougham and produced the event until the paper’s demise in 2009.

Brougham’s “Little Clambake,” as he called it, eventually became a TV show.

“Last year’s Sports Star was a great foray into a televised event,” SSC President Beth Knox said in a statement. “With a broadcast under our belt and minutes for an in-person event, we are thrilled to bring our sports community back under one roof for a well-deserved break and continue to share this celebration with Washingtonians across the state through our partnership with FOX 13.

“This year is going to be really special as we shine a spotlight on why Sports Star is Washington’s biggest sports night.”

Among the 21 nominees in the public categories is four-time Paralympic medalist and Lake Stevens native Katie Holloway, who won gold in sitting volleyball at Tokyo 2020.

“Wow – I’m blown away!” Holloway said of her nomination. “Seattle really has my heart and now to have this nomination from the Seattle Sports Commission is so exciting. I can’t believe I’m among my favorite Washington sports heroes. What an honour!”

Although previous Sports Star winners cannot be nominated again for the same category, athletes can be nominated multiple years, such as this year with repeat nominations for Mitch Haniger (Mariners), Nevin Harrison (Olympic Sprint Canoe) and WR Tyler Lockett (Seahawks) . ).

“Tyler embodies what it means to be a true champion on and off the field,” said Seahawks President Chuck Arnold. “In addition to his many achievements on the field, Tyler is dedicated to serving the community through many philanthropic endeavors and uses his platform to encourage and inspire fans from around the world.”

Nominees are selected by the Sports Star Committee, made up of local sports historians, media and other members of the sports industry, and then voted on by the general public. Winners in a further six categories are also selected by the committee: Royal Brougham Legend Award, Keith Jackson Sports Media Award, Paul G. Allen Humanitarian Award, Wayne Gittinger Youth Inspirational Award, Equity and Inclusion in Sports Award, Sports Executive Award.

Winners in all nine categories will be announced at the live event on May 26th.

Candidates for the 87thth Annual Sports Star of the Year Awards:

Sports Star of the Year | women sport

Sophia Chilczuk, Seattle Pacific University football

Jess Fishlock, OL domination

Nevin Harrison, Olympian, sprint canoe

Katie Holloway, Paralympic, Sitting Volleyball

Jewel Loyd, Seattle Storm

Gabbie level, University of Washington Softball

Ella MayPowell, University of Washington Volleyball

Sports Star of the Year | men’s sport

Eric Barrier, Eastern Washington University football

Corey Kispert, Gonzaga Men’s Basketball

Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners

Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks

Christian Rollan, Seattle Sounders F.C

Dylan Teves, University of Washington Football

University of Washington men rowing

Sports History of the Year

Grand opening of the Climate Pledge Arena

Gonzaga men’s basketball scores 31-0

OL Reigns Quinn makes Olympic history

Seattle Kraken is unleashed

University of Washington men’s soccer reaches national championship game

University of Washington Volleyball Championship Pursuit

Washington State University women’s basketball is reaching new heights

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