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 is followed by the awards show that showcases the athletes, coaches, executives, philanthropists and stories of 2018. Follow #84SSY for posts and visit our Gallery to see photos from this year’s event.

Should you have questions about the event, please contact the Seattle Sports Commission Team at or (206) 461-5844.



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Sports Star of the Year Nominees


Female Sports Star

Devon Adelman – Special Olympics USA Games

Sis Bates – University of Washington

Alexis Montgomery – Seattle University

Breanna Stewart – Seattle Storm

Jodie Taylor – Seattle Reign FC

Morgan Weaver – Washington State University

Male Sports Star

Ben Burr-Kirven – University of Washington

Mitch Haniger – Seattle Mariners

Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks

Phil Mack – Seattle Seawolves

Gardner Minshew II – Washington State UniversityCoach

Brian Schmetzer – Seattle Sounders FC

Sports Story

NHL Seattle ticket sales and franchise announcement

Seattle Seawolves win MLR Championship

Seattle Storm win WNBA Championship

Shaquem Griffin re-united with twin as Seattle Seahawks draft selection

Special Olympics USA Games hosted in Seattle



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Sports Star of the Year Honorees

View the 84SSY Honorees Press Release

Courtesy Seattle Storm

Royal Brougham Award

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

Sue Bird

Even in the midst of a celebrated WNBA career, Sue Bird has proven herself to be among the best women’s basketball players of all time. The Seattle Storm’s savvy point guard has won two NCAA titles, four World Cup gold medals, and four Olympic gold medals, in addition to playing a key role in all three of the Storm’s championship seasons.

Courtesy Seattle Seahawks

Paul G. Allen Award

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

Sandy Gregory

The last of the original Seahawks employees, Sandy Gregory joined the franchise as a public relations assistant in 1976. She retired in June 2018 as senior director of legends, team history and special projects. She was the heart and soul of the team’s community outreach, earning praise from past and present players whose charity events she helped stage.

Courtesy The Hagstrom Family

Wayne Gittinger Inspirational Award

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

Elijah Hagstrom

When he was 6, Elijah Hagstrom was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in his liver and lungs. He spent nearly a year hospitalized, undergoing 10 rounds of chemotherapy and having most of his liver removed. He has done more than survive the ordeal. Now 9, he and his team recently completed their football season – fittingly, as champs.

© Jerry and Lois Photography

Keith Jackson Award

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

Art Thiel

For four decades Art Thiel has been one of Puget Sound’s most insightful and funniest sports columnists. He worked at the News Tribune in Tacoma, the Journal-American in Bellevue and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer before co-founding the website SportsPress Northwest. He also is the author of four books on Seattle sports.

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