SEATTLE –The Seattle Sports Commission (SSC) has finalized the nominees for the 82nd Annual MTRWestern Sports Star of the Year, the Northwest's premier celebration of Washington sports. Every year, the SSC has the honor to host this event as a celebration of the many triumphs of Washington sports.
Voting opens today, Tuesday, January 10 at 3 p.m. PST and closes Friday, January 27, 2017 at 5 p.m. PST. Fans can vote for their favorite male, female and sports story of the year online at ssy.seattlesports.org.
Now in its 82nd year, the event has honored some of Seattle's most inspiring and iconic sports individuals, legends, media and philanthropists. Once an individual has been named a Sports Star, he or she becomes a member of an elite group that forever etches their name in Seattle's sports history. Nominees are selected by the Sports Star Committee, compiled of local sports historians, media and other members of the sports industry, and then voted on by the general public. The winners are announced during the 82nd Annual MTRWestern Sports Star of the Year show hosted at the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
The nominees for the 82nd MTRWestern Sports Star of the Year are:
Female Sports Star of the Year:
· Julianne Alvarez, UW women's golf
· Kelsey Plum, UW women's basketball
· Courtney Schwan, UW volleyball
· Sierra Shugarts, Western Washington women's soccer
· Breanna Stewart, Storm
Male Sports Star of the Year:
· Jake Browning, UW football
· Nelson Cruz, Mariners
· Gabe Marks, WSU football
· Jordan Morris, Sounders FC
· Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
Sports Story of the Year:
· Ken Griffey Jr. enters the Baseball Hall of Fame
· Huskies make the College Football Playoffs
· The Seahawks win the NFC West for the third time in four years
· Sounders FC wins the MLS Cup
· UW leaps into the women's basketball Final Four
· UW women golfers are national champs
Tickets to the show can be purchased online as either a table ticket package or individual reserved ticket. More details about the upcoming event and pricing can be found on our website, www.sportsstaroftheyear.org. To stay up-to-date with information as the event approaches follow the SSC Twitter account, @SeattleSC, or the event hashtag, #82SSY.
Seattle Sports Commission
The Seattle Sports Commission (SSC), a division of Visit Seattle, is committed to making Seattle a world-class sports community. Sports have the opportunity to bring the world to Seattle and bring our region together. A strong sports culture can strengthen local businesses, local kids, and local pride. *www.seattlesports.org*