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Contact: Michelle Pinson, VP Marketing & Membership
Washington Athletic Club
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Press conference on Tuesday, September 9, to count down
to First Annual Memorial Football Classic

SEATTLE (September 4, 2014) — The Washington Athletic Club is a 50 Yard Line Sponsor of this year’s First Annual Memorial Football Classic, a gridiron celebration of the reunification of Seattle’s Metro League.

The WAC, a supporter of amateur and professional athletics and Seattle athletes since its founding in 1930, is proud to partner with Seattle public schools, their students, and our community for the Memorial Football Classic, a fundraiser for Seattle public high school athletics. The WAC also hosts and sponsors the annual Seattle high school Scholar Athlete Awards each spring and is home to college football’s Morris Trophy, awarded each year to the best offensive and defensive lineman in the Pac-12.

The First Annual Memorial Football Classic will feature five high school football games from September 12–13 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. A press conference counting down to the event will take place at 1 pm on Tuesday, September 9, at Ballard High’s Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center.

Washington Athletic Club Senior Vice President Athletics, Special Projects & Community Partners Wayne Milner will represent the WAC at Tuesday’s press conference. Also in attendance will be Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith as well as coaches and athletic directors from around the Metro League. The press conference is open to media members only.


Washington Athletic Club Hosts 34th Presentation of Morris Trophy Award;

Two-Time Winner Roy Foster Serves as Keynote Speaker

SEATTLE (January 16, 2014) The two best linemen in the Pac-12 will be at the Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle this Thursday to accept the 34th Morris Trophy award. Local media are invited to attend. Please contact WAC Athletic Programs Manager Darin Barr in advance.

Will Sutton of Arizona State becomes the fifth back-to-back winner of the defensive award, and Xavier Su’a-Filo of UCLA earns the offensive honor. Roy Foster, the first-ever offensive recipient of the Morris Trophy, will be the keynote speaker at the event in the WAC’s Crystal Ballroom. A luncheon begins at noon with the awards ceremony starting at 12:30 pm. The WAC, recognized as one of the best city athletic club’s in America, is located on the corner of Sixth and Union. Foster won back-to-back Morris Trophy awards, in 1980 and 1981, and went on to a successful 12-year NFL career that included two Pro Bowls and two Super Bowls.

This year’s winners were chosen by opposing peers as the Pac-12’s two best linemen during the 2013 season. Sutton, a 6-foot-1, 267-pound senior from Corona, California, recorded 48 tackles and four sacks on the year. He is the sixth Sun Devil to win the Morris Trophy, third on the defensive side.

Su’a-Filo, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound junior from Pleasant Grove, Utah, is a two-time All-Pac-12 first-team selection. A team captain in 2013, he earned the team’s offensive most valuable player honors after playing tackle and guard. Su’a-Filo is the second UCLA offensive lineman to earn the award and fourth Bruin overall.

Radioman Mike “The Gasman” Gastineau will serve as master of ceremonies at the awards celebration.

The Morris Trophy is given annually to the top offensive lineman and top defensive lineman in the Pac-12. Voted on by the players, it is considered the ultimate players’ award and the highest measure of respect. Founded by Traci Morris, it has been awarded since 1980.

Business executive and football great Chuck Nelson
to take the helm of Washington Athletic Club

Chuck Nelson named President & CEO of historic downtown club

SEATTLE (January 4, 2012) — Former Boeing Classic Executive Director and college football commentator and analyst Chuck Nelson has been named the Washington Athletic Club’s next President & CEO, starting January 16. Nelson’s business skills and management experience, combined with his community involvement and sports background, were key factors in the hiring decision, according to WAC Chairman of the Board of Governors Rob Fleming.

“Chuck is the full package,” Fleming says. “His many accomplishments are well-known and impressive, but what really stands out is Chuck’s character, his leadership ability honed from years as an athlete, and his connection to and passion for the community around him. He’s a perfect fit for the WAC and for our future.”

As President & CEO, Nelson will lead the nation’s premier city athletic club—including five floors of athletic facilities, three restaurants, a day spa, wellness center and a 10-floor hotel—serving more than 13,000 members. The downtown clubhouse, located at Sixth and Union, was designated a city landmark by The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board in 2009. The WAC is a community partner to Special Olympics Washington, The Boeing Classic, Seafair and the Seattle Police Foundation.

“I am honored to assume the role of President and CEO of the Washington Athletic Club,” Nelson says. “The WAC is a strong and storied institution in the Seattle community, and I am humbled to be a steward of its great history and excited to play a part in its future.”

Nelson’s extensive management experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Boeing Classic PGA tournament at Snoqualmie Ridge and as COO at Rigel Capital. Most recently, he served as VP at Sila Solutions, a business and technology consulting company. He is currently a director with the Seattle Sports Commission and Coastal Community Bank and is a member of the Community Board at Regence BlueShield of Washington. Nelson has been a member of the WAC since 1999 and ran the Boeing Classic tournament office out of the WAC clubhouse while serving as executive tournament director from 2004–2009.

Nelson is well-known for his football career. As a record-setting All-American UW placekicker, he went on to play five years in the NFL and was the gameday color analyst for the Husky football radio network from 1994–2010.

Nelson will take over for Jim Johnson, who is retiring after 15 years as WAC President & CEO. Johnson will serve as President Emeritus in the coming months to support the transition.

“I welcome Chuck Nelson as the new WAC President & CEO,” says Johnson. “I was on the founding board he chaired for the Boeing Classic, and he is a natural leader with values matching those of the WAC.”

About the Washington Athletic Club A designated Seattle Historical Landmark located in the heart of downtown Seattle since 1930, the Washington Athletic Club (WAC) is dedicated to continuously improving and enriching the lives of its members. As the nation’s premier city athletic club and hospitality organization, the WAC offers extensive state-of-the-art fitness facilities, along with lodging, dining, banquet, day spa and wellness services. The Washington Athletic Club is located at 1325 Sixth Avenue (at Union Street), Seattle, WA 98101. For more information, please visit www.wac.net or call 206-622-7900.


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