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    Crockett Wins Paul Allen Award

    Crockett flanked by Quincy Pondexter and granddaughter Lauren Slavin accepts the Paul Allen Award


    Emerald Downs President Ron Crockett was recognized with one of Seattle’s most prestigious awards Wednesday evening at Benaroya Hall.

    Crocket was announced as the 2013 winner of the Paul Allen Sports Citizen Award, given annually to an individual who has made a significant or compelling philanthropic contribution. In addition to saving the state’s Thoroughbred racing industry by building Emerald Downs, Crockett is a longtime benefactor of Seattle Children's Hospital and played a leadership role in raising $50 million for the renovation of Husky Stadium.

    Former UW basketball star Quincy Pondexter, whom Crockett mentored during his four years with the Huskies, and 10-year-old granddaughter Lauren Slavin introduced Crockett, who received a standing ovation while making his way to the stage.

    A video tribute offered congratulations from a diverse list of subjects including UW athletic director Scott Woodward, Washington HBPA President Ron Maus, King County Council member Pete von Reichbauer, Husky tailback Deontae Cooper and officials from Seattle Children’s Hospital.

    In accepting the award, Crockett thanked his wife Wanda, and talked about growing up and attending Renton High School and receiving the McCurdy Scholarship that enabled him to attend the University of Washington, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. Crockett later founded and owned Tramco, which performs maintenance and modification of airliners, growing the company from five employees in 1970 to 2500 employees by the time he sold it in 1988.

    Crockett believes in philanthropy and is a strong supporter of the UW scholarship program, giving back to his alma mater.

    “I attribute my success to my early environment and heredity, thanks to my parents for that, and schooling,” Crockett said. “Your greatest asset is your health, take care of that.”

    Other winners included filmmaker Warren Miller (Keith Jackson Award), Zack Lystedt (Seattle Children’s Hospital Inspirational Youth Award) and longtime WSU baseball coach Bobo Brayton (Royal Brougham Legends Award).

    UW Volleyball player Krista Vansant was voted Female Sports Star of the Year, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was voted Male Sports Star of the Year, and the Eastlake Little League team of Sammamish won the Sports Story of the Year.


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