Jan. 10, 2011
SEATTLE - Washington State University basketball student-athlete Klay Thompson is one of five nominees for 2010 Male Sports Star of the Year presented by ROOT SPORTS, the Seattle Sports Commission has announced.
The Male Sports Star of the Year is awarded to a male athlete or coach for outstanding achievement in 2010 in a non-professional sport. Also nominated for the award are University of Washington student-athletes Quincy Pondexter (basketball) and Mason Foster (football), and Olympic speed skaters Apolo Ono and J.R. Celski. The winner will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the 76th Annual Sports Star of the Year presented by ROOT SPORTSTM in conjunction with the Seattle Sports Commission at Seattle's Benaroya Hall.
At the event, awards for Professional Sports Star of the Year, Female Sports Star of the Year and Sports Story of the Year will also be presented. Fans can vote for their favorites at www.seattlesports.org.Voting runs through Friday, Jan. 21.
A native of Ladera Ranch, Calif., Thompson earned All-Pacific-10 First Team honors as a sophomore last year after being named to the all-freshman team in his rookie season. The Cougars' leading scorer, Thompson became the third fastest and 31st overall Cougar to reach 1,000 career points. Thompson accomplished the feat in just 63 games and finished his sophomore season with 1,023 points in 64 games. He was third in the conference and in the top-30 in the nation with a team-best and league second-best 19.6 points per game, along with a team second-best 5.1 rebounds an outing.
Royal Brougham, longtime sports editor for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer started the annual Man of the Year banquet in 1936. This grew into the annual P-I Sports Stars of the Year program, which honored the city's greatest sports achievers. The event eventually grew past its downtown men's club feel to embrace professional sports and the diversity of the local sports scene. Since the awards inception, almost 100 athletes, coaches and many other sports professionals have been named Sports Star of the Year and have joined an elite ensemble of some of the best sports icons in our region's history.
Following closure in March 2009 of the print P-I, the 74 year old event was in jeopardy. With the help of the Seattle Sports Commission and Seattle Children's Hospital, the Sports Star of the Year celebrated its 75th year on the big stage at Benaroya Hall. Over 1,000 people came out, and watched history unfold before their eyes. The Seattle Sports Commission is committed to protect and grow this program as one of the longest-tenured events of its kind in the nation.