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Watch the 9th Annual Governor’s State of Sport Awards!

September 19, 2021 | KUTV | after the Emmys (approx. 9:00pm MT)

2019 State of Sport Awards
Photo by Utah Athletics/Kory Mortensen
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A message from our Governor

Spencer J. Cox

Whether it is competing against a rival or coming together to cheer on our favorite team, sports bring communities together. The COVID-19 pandemic put a pause on sporting events, but eventually, we got back to participating and spectating sports. Utah led the way as the first to return to sporting events by hosting the AMA Supercross at Rice-Eccles Stadium in May 2020.

As we host the Governor’s State of Sport Awards for the ninth time, we recognize the athletes, coaches, and teams who have all persevered through a global pandemic and still had successful seasons. We commend you for your accomplishments.

This year, we will present Gail Miller, chair of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, and Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Zions Bank, with Lifetime Achievement awards for their consistent and generous support of sports at all levels across our state. In addition, we will present the fifth-annual Lewis Feild Bareback Riding Award, a tribute to the late PCRA Hall of Famer Lewis Feild, to Stenson Wright, who was the top points leader in three of Utah’s major rodeos.

In the coming year, we will see more sporting events return to full capacity and once again have the opportunity to cheer on great athletes and further cement our position as The State of Sport.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Gail Miller
Lifetime Achievement Award
Gail Miller

OWNER AND CHAIRMAN, LARRY H. MILLER GROUP OF COMPANIES

As a businesswoman, philanthropist and family leader, Gail Miller has touched millions across her home state of Utah. She and her late husband Larry, along with their entire family, created a strong legacy of enriching lives and giving back to the communities in which they do business.

 

The impact of the Miller family on sport in Utah has been profound, from its own sports properties to broad support across the state. Gail was named the Most Influential Person in Utah Sports in 2019 by The Salt Lake Tribune and selected as the 2019 Utahn of the Year as chairman of the board, advocate for the homeless, example for women in business, believer in education and owner of an NBA team. She was instrumental in the Utah Jazz’ success in bringing the 2023 NBA All-Star Game to Salt Lake City.

 

She has also used her leadership role to transcend sport into social good. She was the driving force in starting the Together initiative (www.leadtogetherutah.org) to stand up to racism and hate speech in sports. 

 

Growing up in Sandy, she never imagined where her life would take her. Her 2018 book, Courage to Be You: Inspiring Lessons from An Unexpected Journey, recounts her life’s success but also its challenges: financial struggles, family trials, and personal loss. Through it all, she has had courage to move forward and remain grounded in her faith. Her candid stories and personal insights about faith, hard work, grief, and many more topics have fascinated and inspired readers.

 

The Larry H. Miller Group began with the purchase of a single Toyota dealership in 1979 and is now comprised of more than 80 businesses, including 65 automotive dealerships, the Utah Jazz, Vivint Smart Home Arena, the Salt Lake City Stars, the Salt Lake Bees, theatre complexes, and a variety of other companies. The privately owned Larry H. Miller Group of Companies is headquartered in Sandy, Utah and employs more than 10,000 people.

 

Gail also serves as chair of Intermountain Healthcare’s Board of Trustees and on the Zions Bank Advisory Board. She is a member of the National Advisory Council at the University of Utah, the President’s Leadership Council at Brigham Young University and co-chairs the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute Advisory Board. She is a member of the Shelter the Homeless Board, and the Gail Miller Resource Center for homeless men and women bears her name.

 

She has been recognized with many public honors including Doctors of Humane Letters from the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College, and an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Weber State University. The Congressional Award Foundation has honored Gail with its prestigious Horizon Award. She is the recipient of the Salt Lake Chamber’s highest award “A Giant in Our City,” as well as the internationally-recognized ATHENA Award.

Lifetime Achievement Award
A. Scott Anderson
Lifetime Achievement Award
A. Scott Anderson

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ZIONS FIRST NATIONAL BANK

 

Highly respected as a business leader and career banker, Zions First National Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson has built his reputation with a focus on community. A Salt Lake City native, he is widely recognized as a caring leader who is deeply committed to the state of Utah.

 

Anderson oversees Utah’s oldest financial institution with 122 branches in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming, with nearly $16 billion in assets. Founded in 1873, Zions Bank has been serving the communities of Utah for nearly 150 years. He joined Zions Bank in 1991 as executive vice president of retail banking. He was named president and CEO in 1998. Prior to that, he had spent 17 years with Bank of America in San Francisco and seven years in Tokyo.

 

In nearly three decades working in Utah, his calling card has been an immersive engagement in the community. His board engagement includes Intermountain Healthcare, Americans for the Arts Business Committee for the Arts, World Trade Center Utah and Days of ’47 Rodeo, among many others. He has previously chaired several boards including the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Utah Sports Commission, and Economic Development Corporation of Utah.

 

Art and sport have been foremost among his passions. He has played a pivotal role with the Utah Sports Commission and is serving on the newly-named Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games. He’s an active participant in sport himself, and a longtime fan of the Utah Jazz and Real Salt Lake and a close friend of Larry H. Miller Companies owner Gail Miller.

 

Never one to seek credit, throughout his career Anderson has been highly engaged in civic affairs, advocating for statewide business growth, public transportation networks, and education. He has been a close confidant of many government leaders, including Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert.

After growing up in Salt Lake City, Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and economics from Columbia University and a master’s degree in economics and international studies from Johns Hopkins University. He has received numerous honors for his work in banking and in his community, as both a philanthropist and leader.

Special Guest
Mark Davis
Special Guest
Mark Davis

OWNER, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Mark Davis is the owner of the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League. He assumed control of the franchise in 2011. Prior to owning the team, Davis was involved in the retail arm of the Raiders’ business where he helped develop the organization’s Raider Image stores. He also spent time in the Raiders equipment department where he developed the muff-style hand warmer for football.

 

The Raiders’ rich history began in 1960 when the City of Oakland was awarded a franchise in the American Football League.  In 1963, Mark’s late father, Al Davis, was named head coach and the league’s youngest ever general manager, establishing a culture that has remained with the Raiders to this day.  Whether it is changing the team colors to silver and black, innovating on the field, or articulating the team’s values – “Commitment to Excellence” – Al Davis led the team to revered heights including 15 total Division Championships, five total Conference Championships, one American Football League Championship and three Super Bowl Championships. 

 

One of the most recognizable brands in professional sports, the Raiders permanent relocation to Southern Nevada became official when in January of this year they officially became the Las Vegas Raiders. In conjunction with their arrival, Allegiant Stadium will open its doors adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip, and become one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in the world. The 65,000-capacity stadium will be ideally located for both visitors and locals, fully enclosed and climate-controlled, and will not only be the home of the Raiders, it will host world-class entertainment including concerts and sporting events such as the 2020 and 2021 Pac-12 Championship games, and the revamped Las Vegas Bowl featuring a team from the Pac-12 Conference vs a team from either the SEC or Big Ten Conference. 

Lewis Feild Bareback Riding Award
Stetson Wright
Lewis Feild Bareback Riding Award
Stetson Wright

The annual Lewis Feild Bareback Riding Award goes to the highest point bareback winners of the Spanish Fork, Ogden and Days of ‘47 Rodeos and is in honor of the late rodeo legend, Lewis Feild.

 

Stetson Wright is this year’s winner of the Lewis Feild Memorial Award. He won 12 events in 2019, en route to his first All-Around World Championship at his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, claiming nearly $300,000 in prize money. 

 

Wright dominated the Utah rodeo scene with wins at the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo, the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo in Vernal, the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo, the Pony Express Rodeo in Eagle Mountain, the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo and the West Jordan Western Stampede. 

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Utah Sports Commission is the proud host of the Governor’s State of Sport Awards, which has honored Utah’s finest athletes, teams, coaches, events, and sport icons.

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Our Trusted Partners

Vital partnerships that help achieve success in the Utah sports marketplace.

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    In 2012, the Utah Sports Commission created the Governor’s State of Sport Awards, which celebrates Utah’s sports industry and honors excellence in high school, amateur, collegiate, adaptive, Olympic and professional sports. The Utah Sports Commission is proud to host the Governor’s State of Sport Awards, entering its 9th year, which has honored over 415 of Utah’s finest athletes, teams, coaches, events, and presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to numerous Utah sports icons. For more information about the Utah Sports Commission, please visit www.utahsportscommission.com

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    Zions Bank is proud to be one of the presenting sponsors of the ninth annual Governor’s State of Sport Awards. Zions Bank is an anchor in the Utah sports community as a substantial partner of amateur, collegiate, and professional sports. Zions Bank is committed to serving its clients and communities by being actively engaged in meaningful sports sponsorships. With branches throughout Utah, Zions Bank is a trusted financial partner. For more information about Zions Bank, please visit www.zionsbank.com

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    Intermountain Healthcare is proud to be one of the presenting sponsors of the ninth annual Governor’s State of Sport Awards. Intermountain Healthcare is a Utah-based not-for-profit system of 23 hospitals, 170 clinics, a Medical Group with some 2,300 employed physicians and advanced care practitioners, a health insurance and related operations company called SelectHealth, and other health services. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare through evidence-based best practices, high quality, and sustainable costs.

    For more information about Intermountain, visit intermountainhealthcare.org.

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    Utah’s number one television station, KUTV Channel 2, is proud to sponsor the Governor’s State of Sport Awards. KUTV is the market’s tv sports leader with Talkin’ Sports hosted by popular anchors Dave James, Dave Fox and Adam Mikulich. Talkin’ Sports along with extended coverage of local high school, college and professional sports. With the addition of sister stations KMYU and KJZZ, the three stations collectively carry more local sports than any other network in the market. For more information about KUTV Channel 2, please visit www.kutv.com

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    Founded as the 18th member of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1974, and located in Salt Lake City since 1979, the Utah Jazz are committed to excellence as a team and in the community. On the court, the Jazz are the second-winningest team in the NBA over the last 30 years, having won nine division titles and two Western Conference championships along with 16 seasons of 50-plus wins, and are supported by one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports. Away from the court, the Jazz are very active in the local community and have assisted a multitude of organizations and worthy causes by way of charitable donations, service and grants through Larry H. Miller Charities. The Utah Jazz also operate the Junior Jazz program, the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA, featuring more than 60,000 players and an additional 13,000 volunteers who take part annually across seven states. For more information on the Utah Jazz, visit www.utahjazz.com.

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    1280 The Zone (KZNS-AM) and NBC Sports Radio 97.5 (KZNS-FM) are 50,000-watt sports radio stations broadcasting to the Salt Lake City area. The stations, acquired in 2012 by Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation, feature an all-star mix of Utah’s best sports radio talent, national perspective offered by the NBC Sports Radio network, and live game broadcasts. The stations also serve as the home for all Utah Jazz basketball and Salt Lake Bees game coverage as well as other local sports broadcasts including high school football key match-ups and playoff games. For more information about 1280 the Zone, please visit. fttp://1280thezone.com/

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    Salt Lake County is a large metropolitan area covering 764 square miles and more than one million residents. For more information about Salt Lake County, please visit: http://www.slco.org/

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    Layton Construction is a nationally recognized contractor that has been building Utah for six decades. Its work includes many of Utah’s premiere commercial structures, hospitals, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, correctional facilities, retail establishments and religious edifices. Athletic and sports facilities constructed by Layton include LaVell Edwards Stadium, Rice Eccles Stadium, Rio Tinto Stadium, University of Utah’s Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center, Utah Olympic Oval, and many municipal and private recreation centers. Layton builds lasting relationships with its customers by creating predictable outcomes through open communication, innovation and integrity. For more about Layton Construction, please visit www.laytonconstruction.com.

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    From our humble beginnings in 1939 to our current third-generation leadership, Nicholas & Company delivers the highest quality products and services to our valued customers. We’ve assembled resources designed to create mutual success with our partners: a team of food service experts, state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge technology and exemplary food safety practices. www.nicholasandco.com

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    A fully integrated commercial real estate investment and development company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, owns and independently manages over 2 million square feet of industrial warehouse, manufacturing and distribution space in the regional Mountain West with an additional 600 + acres of land in the portfolio for future development.

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    It’s a rodeo so big, they had to build a $17-million-dollar outdoor arena to hold it—The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank! The best of the best will have the chance to win gold, silver and bronze medals across the eight primary rodeo disciplines. With a $1-million payout, these games promise to be one of the premier rodeo events in the world. www.daysof47cowboygames.com/

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    Broadway Media operates 7 radio stations in the Salt Lake City, Utah market: X96 (KXRK), Mix 105.1 (KUDD), U92 FM (KUUU), The Eagle 101.5 (KEGA), ESPN 700 AM (KALL), ESPN 960 and Rewind 100.7 (KYMV). In 2014, Broadway Media purchased four digital billboards along I-15 in Utah County and has developed a digital media consulting division to expand the one presence of its radio stations, advertising and promotions. Our studios are located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about Broadway Media, please visit www.broadwaymediagroup.com

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    Vans Park Series is the premier competitive platform for professional park terrain skateboarding. Established in 2016, Vans Park Series’ mission is to inspire youth and grow skateboarding participation worldwide by defining the foundation of the park terrain discipline. With four permanent VPS legacy skateparks in the ground to date, including the most recent park build in Salt Lake City, Utah, Vans Park Series enables the progression of skateboarding communities across the globe and promotes the creative culture of skateboarding for all generations.

     

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    Real Salt Lake recently kicked off its 14th Major League Soccer season in 2018, the Utah side buoyed by a passionate fan base boasting nearly 15,000 season ticket holders at its Rio Tinto Stadium home in Sandy, where the club has enjoyed a most pronounced home-field advantage in Major League Soccer, posting an impressive 108-26-42 mark in the building since its opening in October, 2008.  In 2009, the club lifted the first professional championship in Utah professional sports history, winning MLS Cup in a shootout victory over the LA Galaxy.  In the years to follow, RSL would return to finals in the 2013 MLS Cup, the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the 2011 CONCACAF Champions League.  Under the guidance of owner Dell Loy Hansen, Real Salt Lake opened a $76-million regional training campus in Herriman that will serve as the daily training home for both of the club’s male professional teams – RSL (MLS) and Real Monarchs (USL) – while centralizing the club’s U-18, U-16 and future U-14 development academy youth selections.  The Herriman facility provides adjacencies for an on-site charter school opened in Fall, 2017, with STEM disciplines (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) for nearly 300 boys and girls. www.rsl.com/

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    Real Monarchs is the official USL affiliate for Real Salt Lake. www.rsl.com/monarchs

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    A new chapter will be written in the rich history of the Raiders when one of the most iconic franchises in professional sports begins play in Las Vegas in the fall of 2020. In conjunction with the Raiders’ arrival, Allegiant Stadium will open its doors adjacent to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and become the most technologically advanced stadium in the world to date. The fully enclosed and climate controlled stadium will not only be home to the Las Vegas Raiders, but will also host world-class entertainment including globally recognized sporting events and concerts. The Raiders recognize the passion that Utahns have for sports and their community and take pride in their charitable outreach, by regularly partnering with leading civic organizations and philanthropic groups.  The Raiders Foundation is the charity arm of the Raiders and is committed to increasing community and civic health through initiatives supporting the military and youth development.

     

    For more information on the Las Vegas Raiders move to Las Vegas and Allegiant Stadium please visit: www.raiders.com

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    Created by motorsports icon Travis Pastrana and the limit-pushers at Nitro Circus, in just two years Nitro Rallycross has successfully transformed and injected new life into the sport. With its innovative, purpose-built track at Utah Motorsports Campus – featuring the largest jumps in Rally, banked turns, and more lines for closer racing – Nitro Rallycross creates exhilarating, thrill-packed racing unlike anything seen before. Drivers and fans alike have given Nitro Rallycross rave reviews, with Tanner Foust proclaiming it as, “The most unique, exciting, fun, amazing Rallycross track ever built,” adding, “Universally, all the drivers are saying: this is the most incredible experience I’ve had in a rallycross car.”

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    Woodward Park City – a world-class, year-round action sports and ski resort – is thrilled to be a sponsor of the Governor’s State of Sport Awards. Encompassing a fully integrated 125-acre campus with a state-of-the-art action sports hub, action sports parks and mountain parks, Woodward Park City encourages intuitive growth and safe progression for passionate action sports athletes of all ages and abilities to play and train every day, 365 days and nights a year. Visitors experience lift-accessed snowboarding, skiing, tubing and mountain biking, as well as indoor and outdoor facilities for skateboarding, BMX, scooter, parkour, cheer and digital media. Woodward Park City is part of the global Woodward experiential action sports company on a mission to inspire the next generation of action sports and athletes and is also part of the POWDR portfolio. Learn more at https://www.woodwardparkcity.com/