The Multnomah Athletic Foundation believes all youth should have the opportunity to play, compete and participate in sports. We are committed to providing character and confidence building opportunities through athletics in underserved communities. The foundation provides community grants and scholarships so that youth can reach their full potential by learning and working together through athletics.
The Multnomah Athletic Foundation is made up of volunteers,
a working board of twenty individuals, a small and efficient staff,
and community members that give their time, talent and treasure in a variety of ways.
Sport has taught me confidence.
As a child, Susan’s love for swimming began when her parents signed her up for the neighborhood swim team. She enjoyed the workout and the people involved, and continued to swim competitively through high school.
She was also a runner, and years after college decided to run a marathon. Susan found this particularly demanding; as a swimmer she had been a sprinter and didn’t consider long distances her specialty. So for Susan, finishing a marathon was a huge accomplishment.
Her long-distance challenges continue with a week-long biking trip through Argentina and Chile.
Sport has taught me confidence, persistence and teamwork.
A native Oregonian, Pam grew up in scenic Central Oregon. Her favorite childhood sport was Alpine skiing, which she started at six years old. Thanks to her mother’s part-time job at a local ski resort, she had a season pass early on and skied frequently. In Pam’s words, this opportunity “changed her world.”
Pam is an avid and accomplished athlete, and enjoys basketball, football, baseball, soccer and golf – just to name a few. She has also completed eight marathons, 19 Hood-to-Coasts, five Portland-to-Coasts and 17 Cycle Oregons.
Aside from physical activities, Pam likes to travel, cook and read – and also spend quality time with her 19-pound cat.
Athletics makes me feel self-competitive.
In both athletics and life, Scott was influenced by his father, who played college basketball and is a dentist. Like father, like son – Scott also played college basketball and is a dentist.
When not on the basketball court or seeing patients, Scott spends time in his garden with his two-year old daughter, Avery, and enjoys woodworking, carpentry and DIY projects.
He finds inspiration in the Jim Valvano quote, “If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”
Sport teaches me things I use in life every day.
Billy’s love for athletics started with basketball, his favorite childhood sport, which he continued to play through college. During his freshman year, he was a candidate for the NCAA Academic All-America® program, which recognizes student athletes. Billy credits sports with providing him with valuable life skills including dedication, teamwork and humility.
Sport teaches me to remain humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
As a child in Tucson, AZ, Brian began playing soccer at age six. He also paid attention to basketball, and to this day is an avid University of Arizona Wildcats fan. A man of eclectic interests, Brian enjoys gardening, travel, and collecting African art. He’s also a geography buff and can name just about every world capitol.
Sport has taught me perseverance and patience.
Debbie enjoys being in motion, which is why running suits her. After her father passed, she started running to process her grief. Over the years, she ran farther and faster, ultimately running a marathon in three hours and 28 minutes. Sports has taught Debbie to work towards goals, and also to be kind to yourself during setbacks.
Sport has taught me discipline, fair play and connection to fellow man.
An accomplished baseball player in his youth, George was a winning pitcher in the 1957 High School Legion World Series Opener and was also inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) Sports Hall of Fame. He considers himself analytical, a good listener, and finds that he gets more tolerant as he grows older.
Sport makes me feel connected.
Jamie is a native Portlander, Trailblazers fan and lifelong MAC member. An unusual thing about Jamie is that he’s left-handed but plays golf right-handed – and is still seeking his first hole-in-one. He appreciates Ben Hogan’s quote, “The most important shot in golf is the next one,” since he feels it applies perfectly to everyday life.
“You are the average of the people you surround yourself with.”
Jim grew up in Portland where his father introduced him to basketball, his favorite childhood sport. As a Northwest native, he considers his greatest athletic achievement kayaking 475 miles of the Salmon River. Furthermore, he can add snowboarding to his sporting accomplishments. And although technically not a sport, he also drove a cab in Moscow, USSR!
Sport allows me to discover new things and meet new people.
As a child Jim’s favorite sport was baseball. And although there were no organized sports teams in his small suburb near Chicago, there was a baseball field and the community organized their own teams. As an adult, Jim likes to bike in his spare time, which lets him explore places in greater detail than from inside a car.
Synchronized swimming is part of who I am.
Julie’s father taught her to swim in Crescent Lake, OR, and she’s loved the water ever since. As a youth she participated in water ballet and swam during high school and college. At MAC Julie discovered synchronized swimming and has competed at the national level. She’s also musical and played oboe in the high school band and orchestra.
Sport teaches me gratitude when “I can” and humility when “I can’t.”
While growing up, Mary watched her older brothers race bikes. That must have made an impression, because as an adult she climbed Mt. Ventoux on a bike. Along with cycling, she enjoys a wide range of activities including hiking, reading, spinning and boxing, as well as spending time with her family.
Sport teaches me persistence and humility.
Randy appreciates that sports have helped him set tangible goals, create a training regime, be disciplined throughout the process despite ups and downs – and ultimately be accountable to himself. This all seems to have worked, because in October 2017 – two years after breaking his right femur – he completed his first Portland Marathon.
Sport teaches me you can always aim higher.
Rebecca loves tennis and plays competitively and just for fun. She co-captains both a city league and a USTA team. Rebecca also likes the slopes and is a parent-volunteer for the Oregon Episcopal School ski team. On most winter weekends, you’ll find her on the mountain helping high school ski racers who she describes as “brave.”
Sport has taught me how to be a gracious winner and loser.
Roger got hooked on baseball by playing catch with his dad. His love for baseball translated to softball – while attending the University of Colorado, he put together a fast-pitch softball team that won the all-school championship. An accomplished handball player, Roger has attended the world championships three times – twice in Ireland and once in Canada.
Sports keeps my body healthy and my mind clear.
For Rosana, growing up in Mexico meant her entire family was hooked on “futbal” (soccer). She also enjoyed Polynesian-style dance and was a champion roller-skater! Rosana considers her biggest achievement learning to ski at age 30, and now fearlessly schusses down blue and black diamond runs with her children.
Sport teaches me how to be dedicated to any challenge.
As a child, Sarah loved to swim, and can’t ever remember not loving water sports. Although it took her a while to warm up to competitive swimming, she now appreciates the doors that it opened – including being able to walk onto a Division 1 crew team, and also enjoy many other water-related activities.
Sport has taught me teamwork, the power of inclusion and self-confidence.
Tennis was the sport Sydney enjoyed most in her youth, which was primarily spent in Southern California. Her family told her it was a lifelong activity and she’s found that to be true. For Sydney, tennis continues to be a great way to stay active, maintain friendships and think strategically.
Athletics makes me feel inspired.
Lisa can best be described by three words: focused, adaptable and exuberant. She loves to travel and wander globally, has visited 38 countries, and is still counting. You can often find Lisa outdoors hiking, biking, running, climbing, diving, skiing or surfing. Her words to live by: “If not me, who? If not now, when?” – Hillel
Sports has taught me when it’s ok to let things go and move forward.
Emily participates in a wide variety of sports and activities. As a child, she played Ultimate Frisbee and attended baseball games with her father. As an adult, she rows on a dragon boat team, bikes and practices yoga. Physical activities make her feel “smiley and strong.” Emily also enjoys baking, learning French and exploring Portland.