Sonics legend Lenny Wilkens and Spencer Haywood. Photo by Red Box Photography
The tradition continued Friday night as the 78th Annual MTR Western Sports Star of the Year took place at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle, hosted by the Seattle Sports Commission.
From our favorite sports stars, to musicians, politicians, business leaders, and our great fans – all of Seattle came out to celebrate.
To sum it up, some Beast Mode, lots of Olympic gold, and a little perfection came out on top. Winners from the 78th Annual MTR Western Sports Star of the Year:
Guests on the red carpet: Susan Holmes McKagan and Duff McKagan. Photo by Red Box Photography
Professional Sports Star of the Year: Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
The Professional Sports Star of the Year is given to a professional athlete or coach for outstanding sports achievement in the past year or season. Running back who ranked among the NFL’s leading rushers and set the tone for the Seahawks offense with his bruising style, determination and yards gained after
Soccer Stars Michelle Akers and Tina Ellertson with two-time Olympic gold medallist Mary Whipple and Miss Seafair. Photo by Red Box Photography
Female Sports Star of the Year: Mary Whipple, USA Rowing
The Female Sports Star of the Year is given to amateur female athlete or coach for outstanding sports achievement in the past year or season. University of Washington grad who won her second Olympic gold medal as coxswain of the U.S. women’s eight. Also won gold in record time at the world championships. Her boats have not lost a race since 2006.
Male Sports Star of the Year: Nathan Adrian, USA Swimming
The Male Sports Star of the Year is given to an amateur male athlete or coach for outstanding sports achievement in the past year or season. Bremerton product who won two gold medals and a silver medal at the London Olympics. Became the first American in 24 years to win the 100-meter freestyle and also swam on the victorious 4×100 medley relay team.
Sports Story of the Year: Felix Hernandez throws perfect game.
The Sports Story of the Year is given to an individual, group of individuals or a team/organization that has positively captured the attention of and inspired the state of Washington. Felix Hernandez provided yet another highlight to his glittering Mariners career, throwing the first perfect game in franchise history. He struck out 12 as Seattle beat Tampa Bay 1-0, a crowning achievement for King Felix.
Football stars Drew Bledsoe and Lawyer Milloy with the parents of Nathan Adrian, Jim and Cecelia Adrian, and Miss Seafair. Photo by Red Box Photography
Sports Executive of the Year: Adrian Hanauer, Seattle Sounders FC
The Sports Executive of the Year is given to an individual for contributions to the success of the regional sports industry. Sounders FC general manager and co-owner Adrian Hanauer was the architect of Seattle’s Major League Soccer franchise, internationally recognized as a model of success, on and off the field.
Keith Jackson Award: Bob Rondeau, UW Football and Basketball
The Keith Jackson Award is given to a member of the media for excellence in communicating the sports stories of Washington. Sportscaster Bob Rondeau has been the play-by-play voice of the Washington Huskies since 1980 for football and 1985 for basketball. He is a five-time state Sportscaster of the Year.
King County Councilman Peter Von Reichbauer and King County Executive Dow Constantine. Photo by Red Box Photography
Seattle Children’s Inspirational Youth Award: Josh Dickerson, O’Dea Baseball
The Seattle Children’s Inspirational Youth Award is given to an inspirational student who inspired us through sport. O’Dea High School’s Josh Dickerson continued playing baseball rather than undergoing chemotherapy for a rare form of cancer that could have potentially lengthened his life by only a few months. He made first-team All-Metro two months before he died at age 18.
Paul Allen Award: Lenny Wilkens, Lenny Wilkens Foundation
The Paul Allen Award is given to an individual who has made a significant or compelling contribution to the local community. Former Sonics player and NBA championship coach Lenny Wilkens’ foundation has given more than $3 million in the past decade to provide health care and education for Seattle-area children.
Royal Brougham Legend Award: Edgar Martinez, Seattle Mariners
The Royal Brougham Legend Award was introduced at the 75th Annual Sports Star of the Year. This award is given to an individual for a lifetime of achievement in sports and exemplifies the spirit of Washington. Mariners third baseman and designated hitter Edgar Martinez won two American League batting championships and was a seven-time All-Star during his 18-year Major League career, all with the M’s.
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Editor’s Note: Thanks to additional copy writing by Glenn Drosendahl.