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, 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 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.
When she is not working or volunteering you can find Mary doing something fun like playing golf at Manzanita or spending time with her husband, family, and her adorable dog Jax.
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.
Brian grew up with an expansive back yard and an even bigger appreciation for the outdoors. When he wasn’t on the trails hiking, he was playing youth soccer, running track, or watching Arizona Wildcats basketball. He now seeks out every opportunity to visit new places, but he’s happy to have crossed Peru and Croatia off his list.
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.
Sports teaches me patience.
Chase has been around sports his whole life. From Lacrosse to racquetball to soccer, he always found himself competing. He stays active running to keep up with his two young children and hopes to use his strong collaboration skills to continue serving the Portland metro area through MAF.
Sports teaches me that there is a place for everyone.
As a child, D’Anne began playing sports because she loved being part of a team and the support that came with it. As an adult, D’Anne loves to get lost in a good book or go for a hike. She’s a big believer of the saying, “Things Happen for a Reason” and uses her experiences as opportunities to improve.
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.
Sports teaches me the joy of a supportive and inclusive community
Inspired by the 1972 summer Olympics, Denise found the sport of swimming and was instantly hooked. She would compete in the freestyle stroke event, and now hikes and cycles to stay active. Denise’s fun fact is that she worked two summers at Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room and misses those views.
Sports teaches me the importance of setting individual and team goals.
Elle’s love of Track & Field has offered her experiences and perspectives that have made her the fearless yet friendly person she is today. Although she no longer competes, she continues to share her knowledge and passion of the sport as a coach at Jesuit High School. When she’s not coaching, you can find Elle making music in her spare time.
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.
Sports teaches me to be opened to the universe of new adventures.
Growing up as a cross-country runner, Irma was excited to find a new way to move her feet; cycling. She credits sports for her enthusiasm and mental-grit and uses those traits to encourage those around her. When Irma isn’t cycling, you can probably find her on her own adventure, exploring the Pacific Northwest.
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.
Sports teaches me how to have balance.
Athleticism hasn’t always come naturally to Maryam, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing sports. Today, Maryam uses that same determination to get her through her spin classes. She understands that sports are just as much mental as they are physical and it’s just a matter of finding your balance.
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 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.