The Play It Forward Award celebrates Oregon high school and college students and nonprofits committed to getting kids active 

February 2016 : Play It Forward Award Winners

Michail Pervolarakis, University of Portland:

Michail Pervolarakis is currently a Sophomore Tennis player at the University of Portland. A native of the eastern Mediterranean island, Cyprus, Michail brings a bit of home to the States by volunteering his time to teach traditional Greek dance to kids at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Michail’s personal expertise and familiarity in this native dance form allows the youth he instructs an opportunity to learn not just dancing techniques, but also fosters experiences founded in discipline, athleticism and teamwork. 






Jean Pierre (J.P) Mategeko, Roosevelt High School:

J.P. is a Senior at Roosevelt High School and a leader on his varsity Basketball and Track & Field teams. Since moving to this country as a refugee from Tanzania at the age of 10, J.P. has committed himself to making the community his home by giving back every week. Serving as a mentor to younger boys in the weight room at the Regency Boys and Girls Club in North Portland, he also organizes meet ups to play basketball at local community centers. As a role model amongst his peers and within our community, J.P. uses athletics as a tool to connect others beyond sports facilities. 






February 2016 : Play It Forward Award Fund Recipient

Friends of Baseball

Friends of Baseball (FOB) is a Portland-based non-profit devoted to keeping kids on the field of play. The organization’s mission is to provide opportunities for success on and off baseball and softball fields. FOB has worked together with statewide community partners to award funds for programming, grants, scholarships and equipment to serve over 40,000 children since 2005. FOB is dedicated to the enrichment of youth, parents and community through baseball.