2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. To celebrate the milestone event, legacy inductees will make appearances at this year’s annual induction ceremony, scheduled for September 26. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s induction ceremony will be a virtual event. Instead of the traditional Multnomah Athletic Club awards banquet, this year’s event will air on KGW TV at 7:00 PM, and also be seen on YouTube, KGW.com and at www.oregonsportshall.org. Jordan Kent is master of ceremonies, with additional participation by Orlando Sanchez, KGW TV sports anchor.
The 2020 class of inductees will include five new members, who will join nearly 400 prior inductees, according to Mike Rose, induction ceremony chairman.
This year’s class includes Craig Hanneman, multi-sport, John Jaha, baseball, Rockne Freitas, football, Tom Jernstedt, special contribution, and Tiffeny Milbrett, soccer. In addition, Brian Grant will receive the special Commitment to Community award.
Inductees will be introduced by legacy recipients Steve Preece, Dale Murphy, Steven Jackson, Mike Bellotti and Shannon MacMillan.
This year’s virtual 40th anniversary program will also include appearances by Phil Knight, Bill Walton, Mel Renfro, Neil Lomax, Dan Fouts, Tinker Hatfield and Bill Schonely, and many more, all prior inductees.
Each year the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame helps preserve Oregon’s rich sports heritage through its recognition of outstanding Oregon athletes and special contributors to sport.
In addition, Oregon Sports Hall of Fame college scholarships will be awarded to Oregon scholar-athletes, made possible by contributions from the MacTarnahan Family Trust. Six student-athletes will be awarded $3000 scholarships to be used for continuing their education at Oregon colleges and universities.
This year’s student athletes are: GABRIEL KNOX from Harrisburg HS, LESLY LUJAN LOPEZ from Beaverton HS, JOHNNY MARTINEZ from David Douglas HS, TAYLOR RAMIREZ from Gresham HS, MAXWELL REED from Oregon City HS, and JILLIAN RUDOLF from North Lake HS.
The event will air at 7:00 PM. The program will repeat on KGW TV on dates TBA.
The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame recognizes and honors Oregon’s rich athletic history with our museum and annual induction and awards ceremony. The Hall of Fame’s goal is to inspire participation in sport and foster awareness of the values and life-long rewards gained from this participation.
The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame & Museum now has a select number of exhibits on display at 4840 SW Western Avenue in Beaverton, OR. Please come visit between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm week days. There is no charge for admission. You can reach us at 503/227-7466 and www.oregonsportshall.org.