The Play It Forward Award celebrates Oregon high school and college students and nonprofits committed to getting kids active
January 2016 : Play It Forward Award Winners
Beverly Miller, Oregon State University:
Bev Miller is currently a Senior Varsity Softball player at Oregon State University. She has a consistent and continued commitment to the youth in her community. Bev volunteered as a coach with the local 12 and under Lady Knights Team, to help the young players learn more about teamwork and training for softball. As one of OSU’s best representatives in helping youth understand the value of physical activity and literacy, she is usually the first to volunteer and bring other athletes along to serve as role models in sport.
Ian McClanan, Catlin Gabel High School:
Ian McClanan is a Senior at Catlin Gabel High School, balancing varsity Soccer, Tennis and Basketball. Ian started as a youth volunteer early in his high school career, regularly dedicating his time and energy to the Meyer Boys & Girls Club athletic programs. He has organized and executed multiple basketball clinics for youth led entirely by fellow high school volunteers, personally recruited and trained by himself. Ian not only works with the Meyer Club location, but has expanded his reach to support athletic programs and leagues with other clubs in the Portland Metro area and passionate about inspiring youth to lead healthy lifestyles.
January 2016 : Play It Forward Award Fund Recipient
Active Children Portland
Active Children Portland’s mission is to empower students to lead healthy lives, succeed academically, and inspire positive community engagement. The organization began in 2011 with the vision to transform communities and serve hundreds of local students through youth sports. Active Children Portland program participants receive programming 30 weeks a year, 4 days per week, which keeps them active, healthy, and engaged in a positive and stable after-school environment.