Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards

Sports Star of the Year

February 7, 2019 | 5:30pm Reception,  7:30pm Show
Sheraton Grand Seattle

Created by Royal Brougham and the Seattle P-I in 1936, this event has celebrated the achievements of Washington sports for nine decades. The event features a pre-show reception and silent auction where guests are invited to mingle and bid with the Seattle sports community. The reception will be followed by the awards show that showcases the athletes, coaches, executives, philanthropists and stories of 2018.

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83rd Annual MTRWestern Sports Star of the Year Winners

Female Sports Star of the Year

Courtesy UW Athletics

Ali Aguilar – University of Washington Softball

Senior shortstop Ali Aguilar earned All-America and All-Pac-12 honors after leading the Huskies to the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series and a 50-14 record. She topped the team in home runs and runs scored, and finished her career with the most runs scored in school history.

Male Sports Star of the Year

Courtesy UW Athletics

Dante Pettis – University of Washington Football

Senior Dante Pettis was the Huskies’ leading receiver and a consensus All-American after setting an NCAA career record with his ninth touchdown-scoring punt return. That was his fourth punt-return TD of the season, tying the Pac-12 record, and made him the conference’s all-time leading punt returner.

Sports Story of the Year


Courtesy GU Athletics

Gonzaga soars to its first Final Four

The Gonzaga Bulldogs had their best men’s basketball season in a long run of great ones. The Zags won their first 29 games and made it to the national championship game. It was their first Final Four appearance and the first by any of the state’s men’s teams since 1958.

83rd Annual MTRWestern Sports Star of the Year Honorees

Courtesy Slade Gorton

Paul G. Allen Award

Given to an individual who has made a significant or compelling philanthropic contribution

Slade Gorton

Slade Gorton played key roles in saving Major League Baseball for Seattle – not once, but twice. As state attorney general, he sued the American League after the Pilots left, landing the Mariners in return. As U.S. Senator in 1991, he put together the ownership group that kept the team in town.

Courtesy 710 ESPN

Keith Jackson Award

Given to a member of the media for excellence in communicating the sports stories of our state

John Clayton

John Clayton has covered the NFL since he was a high school kid in Pittsburgh. He’s worked for the Tacoma News Tribune, KJR Radio, ESPN and, and hosts a show on 710 ESPN. In 2007 he won the McCann Award, putting him in the writers’ wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Courtesy SPU Athletics

Royal Brougham Award

Given to an individual for a lifetime of achievement in sports and who exemplifies the spirit of our state

Doris Brown Heritage

Pioneer. International star. The First Lady of American distance running. Doris Brown Heritage won five straight international cross country titles from 1967-71. She was a two-time Olympian (1968 and 1972), and at one time owned every American and world record from the 440 to the mile. She is a member of six national halls of fame.

Courtesy Chitwood Family

Wayne Gittinger Inspirational Award

Given to an inspirational young athlete who has overcome major medical obstacles to inspire others

Bretton Chitwood

Bretton Chitwood is a Lynden teen who refuses to give up hockey despite amputation of his right foot. After 30 rounds of chemotherapy and six surgeries to battle bone cancer, he returned to practice with a prosthetic and custom skate, inspiring teammates and countless others with his humor and unwavering grit.

Courtesy Schmidt Family

Wayne Gittinger Inspirational Award

Given to an inspirational young athlete who has overcome major medical obstacles to inspire others

Colton Schmidt

Colton Schmidt is a special Special Olympian. The Othello High grad overcame an intellectual disability and health problems to play four sports and coach two middle-school Special Olympics Unified Sports teams. He will be a soccer-playing member of Washington’s delegation at the Special Olympics USA Games July 1-6 in Seattle.

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