It was an evening to recognize athletes for their achievements.
But the Southern Oregon Sports Commission awards banquet was also a chance to shine light on a couple who has provided numerous opportunities for the athletes, their peers and other generations across the Rogue Valley.
Sherm and Wanda Olsrud, who started Sherm’s Thunderbird Markets and Food 4 Less, were celebrated as the SOSC’s sports advocate honorees at the fifth annual event Thursday at the Santo Community Center.
The program also featured the announcement of the commission’s male and female athletes of the year for 2018 and the presentation of spirit of competition and officiating awards to Wendy Werthaiser and Jerry Eklund, respectively.
The Mail Tribune’s top 10 stories of last year were presented, and former Medford tennis star Jonathan Stark served as the keynote speaker.
Crater wrestler Logan Meek was chosen male athlete of the year, and St. Mary’s soccer and track standouts Meghan Michels and Maddie Wheelock were co-winners of the female athlete award.
The Olsruds, who in December participated in the dedication of the Olsrud Family Community Playground at Bear Creek Park, were hailed in a nearly eight-minute video for their philanthropy. They’ve made contributions to, among other things, the Medford School District, Kids Unlimited, Harry & David Field and the Jackson County Fairgrounds.
Olsruds, others honored at banquet
BY TIM TROWER OF THE MAIL TRIBUNE | February 7, 2019
SHARE
Facebook-DarkLinkedin-Dark
PROmoting the community
img_10_16_Centennial_Q-pickup